Pride and Glory Reviews
The performances here are very solid. Jon Voight as the family patriarch, and a veteran law-enforcer who's very pro-cop, is especially strong. Even at 70, Voight remains one of the most interesting performers on the silver screen.
Writer and director Gavin O'Connor is the son of a real-life cop, and he brings what he's heard about the job to his film. This is a very sturdy and real interpretation of police life.
Had really high expectations for "Pride and Glory". It has two of my favourite actors, Ed Norton and Colin Farrell, as NY city cops. But somehow, the filmmakers managed to do only a mediocre cop movie.
Movies about corrupted police officers are not that rare. In fact, when you go to the cinema, every now and then you see a trailer to a similar movie like this one. What new can be told about these "legendary" corrupted cops? Not much.
"Pride and Glory's" biggest disappointment is its uneven script. It's full of clichés and predictable. But what saves it, is the acting. The acting is solid with some good performances, especially the supporting actors like Jennifer Ehle and Lake Bell.
So, is "Pride and Glory" worth a look? In my opinion, go for it. The film has good performances and if you can handle the fact, that its predictable and doesn't bring anything new to the genre, you might even enjoy it.
What we have here is a test of loyalty, values, love and moral code within a family torn between the NYPD and their own personal lives. Norton and Emmerich play Ray and Franc, the pride of the family, Franc, running his own precinct and his family while his wife combats cancer, a model son and cop. Ray is the troubled yet praised hero of the family, a cop who sacrificed his entire life for the job to the pride of his father, Jon Voight. Then there is Jimmy, brother in law, a Sergeant with ambitions and an dark desire to become more, but his methods and designs will soon bring his family and the NYPD to its knees as the city of New York explodes in retaliation to police corruption.
All three brothers are tested in their own right, though it is Ray who is nearly sacrificed for the family as his investigations into the murder of four dead cops uncover the truth about Jimmy's corruption.
Dark, gritty, very violent and brutal, the movie takes you deep into the wild side of NY, and the lines between law and order are blurred indefintly, though at the end we see reflected, the beginning again, a fresh start for the NYPD to rebuild and renew the community's confidence in the force. Lies and loyalty, blood and power clash as the two extremes come together to which only one will remain standing.... though I guess I didn't quite expect the ending to happen the way it did, but as they say, justice is served.
The cast is superb, its worth watching just for Farrell, Norton and Voight, they look at home on the screen as make it believable.
Two thumbs up for this one!!!