"Brooklyn's Finest" is without a doubt one of the best films that tells 3 separate stories about 3 different cops.It may actually be the first movie about 3 different cops that I've seen, but I know that no other movie could be better than this.Richard Gere plays a cop who thinks he has nothing to live for.Ethan Hawke plays a good cop gone bad when he realizes that he needs money in order to keep his family afloat.Even if it means killing gangsters and not telling the other cops if they had money on them.Don Cheadle plays a cop going undercover for reasons that he <more>
doesn't to.Take those 3 stories and put them together and you have 2 hours of sensational and terrific entertainment.There's no doubt that these people should win an award for their performances.In my opinion, if Richard, Ethan, and Don are fighting for the Oscar, Ethan should win.His role as dirty cop struggling to put food on his family's table and pay for the house is just riveting."Brooklyn's Finest" isn't the finest movie ever made, but it's a gritty masterpiece nonetheless.See it, then see it again.I know I would.
I was completely blown away by this. It was everything I wanted and so much more. Just about everything was fantastic about this movie. Acting, music, realism, etc...Director Antoine Fuqua has explored this territory before with Training Day. That was a tale of corruption and greed set in Los Angeles. Now he trades L.A. for New York and the result is even better. Fuqua learns from his mistakes in Training Day and crafts another one of the top 3 cop movies I've seen. Working off an awesome script written by 1st time writer Michael C. Martin a former NY transit worker , everything came <more>
together perfectly. Starting with the cast which includes big names Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle, & Wesley Snipes. Snipes is decent, but doesn't have enough screen time to really flesh out his character. Gere, Hawke, & Cheadle on the other hand all give fantastic performances. Each of them fleshes out their characters completely and makes us as the audience really believe that they are these people and we feel for them. All of the supporting actors are very good as well, including the city of Brooklyn which is another supporting actor in itself. The areas which this movie were shot in really provided a lot of realism and grit that I believe it really needed to work as well as it did. Kudos to everyone involved.Now I believe that if this is not better than Training Day or The Departed, then it's at least right up there with them in the upper echelon of cop movies.It's my favorite movie of 2010 so far and it's gonna be really tough finding something that can beat it.
It's a dirty world. It's your job to keep it clean. People aren't machines. Try not to crack or fold under pressure. The movie reflects real life. Check it out.
Not as good as "Training Day", but still a great movie with terrific performances and a good storyline (by gangstahippie)
I just got back from seeing Brooklyn's Finest.The film is a crime/drama about three intertwining stories of police officers in Brooklyn, New York.It stars Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes.The first story features Ethan Hawke, a family man and police officer who has about 4 kids and is expecting twins.He does not have much money so he decides to start killing drug dealers and stealing their drug money.But how long can he keep it up before he gets caught or killed? The second story features Don Cheadle, a cop who has been undercover in the drug trade for quite some <more>
time, and he wants out.However, he does form a bond with one of the drug dealers Wesley Snipes .The third story features Richard Gere, an old police officer who is about to retire.He is an alcoholic who does not care about his job.When he finds out that a missing girl has become a prostitute who works for some violent pimps, he decides to save her.The performances are very good.It was interesting to see Ethan Hawke, who played a straight-laced rookie cop in Training Day, to play a somewhat corrupt cop in this film.This film is also Wesley Snipes first theatrically released film since 2004.He plays a drug dealer though definitely not as crazy as the dealer he played in "New Jack City".Brooklyn's Finest was an interesting and entertaining crime/drama and if you like the genre, then you should definitely check this film out.
This film had me hooked from beginning to end. Great performances all around; especially by Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle, Richard Gere, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, and Brian F. O'Byrne. Good performances by Hassan Johnson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Will Patton, Logan Marshall-Green, Shannon Kane, and Michael K. Williams. Great direction by Antoine Fuqua...his style is impeccable. It was like a cross between "Donnie Brasco", "Pride and Glory", "Training Day", "Narc", "The Departed", "Crash", and the critically-acclaimed HBO drama <more>
"The Wire". One of the best Cop/Crime-Dramas I've ever seen. Overall it's an intense, honest and realistic film experience, and I must say that it's even better than "Training Day".
An excellent police drama (by philipjcowan-119-646602)
Three police officers one problem - how do you deal with the job? For one, how does he get through his last week when he is far beyond caring; another can't make ends meet on a police salary; and another is so embroiled in the machinations of his uncover character he starts to forget he is a cop.None of these themes is unfamiliar - ever since Hill Street Blues tried to inject some realism into cop shows, TV has been full of 'ain't it a shame for cops'. More recently, The Wire made such good television, one began to wonder just why anyone would go to the cinema to see a police <more>
movie when you can get something so real and high quality at home.But the strength of this film is not its originality, it is the atmosphere it creates and the portrayal of people trying to get through the day. Some have given up, others have turned to crime, and some others have become so committed that their dedication has gotten twisted and out of control.Maybe because television has raised its game so much, thanks to HBO, we judge films by a more demanding yardstick. Nevertheless, Brooklyn's finest is a top-rate film. The acting is wonderful and Richard Gere is simply superb as the cop who has somehow lost his soul.I would urge anyone to give it a shot. It is saddening to see how little revenue the film has made at the box office; its director Antoine Fuqua deserves greater recognition and I for one look forward to his next project with great anticipation.
Brooklyn's Finest rests on the strong character portrayals of the lives of three ordinary men struggling at different points in their careers. What they each share is the New York Police Department as a workplace.Life isn't perfect - it never is. We always have to give something up in order to do something else - it's called choice. Therein lies man's fatal freedom.Sal Ethan Hawke gave up the possibility for flash when he became a cop. He has a growing family with numerous kids but lives in a decrepit, run-down house where the wood mold is causing his pregnant wife lung <more>
problems. His NYPD salary isn't sufficient for him to move to a different abode.Can we judge him? It is a context that bears for some humanity from our part. He will do things in the film, but it is difficult for us to point our fingers from a high horse, for we aren't in his situation. Does the end justify the means? While doing undercover work in prison, Tango Don Cheadle is saved from death by an inmate, Casanova Philips Wesley Snipes . The event forms a bond between them. Now Casanova is back out and the force want Tango to send him back in. By taking this shortcut to Detective first grade read: becoming an undercover agent , Tango is forced to deal with harsh consequences, namely the fact that his wife is in the process of leaving him, and that other than Casanova he has no friends.Eddie Richard Gere is retiring and is a morally decadent seemingly useless member of the force. He gets teased by his younger co-worker cops, and seems fed up with his life. We see him put a revolver to his mouth in the morning.Even though he is 7 days away from retirement he must take care of young rookies, fresh faces new to the NYPD. Eddie doesn't get along well with them.It is unclear what happened to his wife, but Eddie now seeks solace in the womanly comforts of a lowly Chinatown hooker.These grotesquely authentic lives are laid out with the aid of a soundtrack that simultaneously sets the pace and follows the psychological states of the main protagonists. The tone of the music will change, for instance, when a particular character is in a tight situation, a situation where he is again confronted with choice.All the actors in this film pull off magnificently intense portrayals. Especially worthy of mention are Cheadle, Snipes, Gere and Hawke -- who once again shows that he can enter the mind of a struggling cop like no other.A steady-paced, involving thriller definitely worth a gander. 8/10.
This is a strong movie with powerful performances by the entire cast, especially that of Ethan Hawke whose portrayal of a corrupt police officer carries this movie and warrants special recognition. Richard Gere's performance in some ways is reminiscent of Paul Newman's performance in Fort Apache, the Bronx, that is, of an older jaded police officer who has lost all hope yet perseveres. The movie relies on perpetuating all kinds of stereotypes to move the story along and suggests a level of corruption and violence that if plausible would render our society inoperable. Yet the story <more>
works, mainly due to the great acting and the fast paced action which manages to keep the audience's attention. One is kept wondering how the various subplots will work themselves out and who will survive the maelstrom that engulfs all concerned. Don Cheadle also gives a credible performance as an undercover police officer and Wesley Snipes gives a surprisingly measured and multifaceted performance as a street gangster. All in all, a powerful movie.
Draws you right in from the start, builds tension to a climactic point late in the film. In the middle, you get to absorb a lot of NYC atmosphere which somewhat compensates for the formulaic nature of the film. You've seen it all before, there's no new ground, but its done in a way that will hold your interest.Grim, adult movie themes highlight only the heavy issues that burden cops in this big city.Cheadle, Hawke and Gere all develop very burnt-out, empty looks in their eyes that help make this film more believable than it really is. Lives have fallen apart the personal lives of <more>
these cops . The script makes it clear that the job is rough on cop families, it makes this point almost to the point of overkill.The women of this film are resigned to the belief that "its a man's world". They have bought this belief system almost totally. And yes I include Ellen Barkin's middle-aged super-boss-cop because she tries to be just like men in order to get to the top of this man's macho cop world/underworld environment.Gere is subtle, very nuanced and effective in his role. Hawke is incredibly explosive in his role of a man desperately overstrung, or at least in need of a good vacation. Cheadle's mixed-up about-to-snap performance works perfectly with Snipes who gives a fine, mature, theatrical style performance. I'm ready to see more of the mature Snipes as his career progresses.All the acting here is great and it overcomes the generally "seen it before" nature of the production. This is basically similar to Greek tragedy, so if you view it that way you won'be let down by the relentless grimness that is here from start to finish. Entertainment value highlighted by enough tension, plus the studied pro performances rate an 8 rating from me.