Brooklyn's Finest (2010)
Critic Consensus: It's appropriately gritty, and soaked in the kind of palpable tension Antoine Fuqua delivers so well, but Brooklyn's Finest suffers from the comparisons its cliched script provokes.
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Critic Reviews for Brooklyn's Finest
Any movie that ends on a freeze frame of Richard Gere walking stoically away from a crime scene teeming with police car lights can't be all good.
As directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film is well-acted, occasionally hair-raising but ultimately made from stale material.
The problem for filmmakers trying to make this kind of movie is that they are now operating in a post-Wire world.
On second thought, Brooklyn's Finest does indeed provide a new genre twist. This must be the only cop movie ever made where a character is driven off the deep end by mold.
The movie is wounded, but it's also too tough to kill.
Audience Reviews for Brooklyn's Finest
This hard and realistic thriller follows the fate of three New York cops: one of them has only one week left until retirement, one has been working undercover for years and the third is trying to make a cut to get his growing family out of a moldy house. Their paths only cross marginally, even up until the end, but they all have something in common: they are real human beings with flaws and no shiny heroes. The movie may take the pessimistic look on the job and what it makes out of men a tad too far, but it is still flawlessly acted and gets more exciting by the minute. In the end, only one of them is gonna make the right decision.
I don't know why this was so universally bashed, it's really a great move and in many ways beats out its contemporaries like Crash. The main reason for that is fact that it doesn't have a single overbearing message that it's trying to convey for the entire movie, each character has their own message. I think Antoine Fuqua usually has a great style that he brings to his movies and this is a prime example of it. This often times has a visual style that mirrors each central character's tone, which I thought was pretty cool. Also, just from a visual standpoint Brookyln's Finest is extremely impressive. It reminds me a lot of The French Connection in that it has a realistic element that you can't quite put your finger on, but it's undeniably there. The story lines did a perfect job of intersecting; it wasn't obtrusive or cheesy, but gave you a feeling that this was just a massive city. The depiction of the police and criminals was really interesting; I liked that neither side was labeled as outright heroes or villains. (on a side note, I think it's hilarious that Richard Gere is rescuing hookers again). The core stories depend on individual decisions and morals rather that simple foreshadowing or having a plot that needs to go a certain direction. When the final climax finally hits, it's truly beautiful how everything works out. This is also strengthened by its performances; Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke all turn in extremely good performances. All of their characters are conveyed in a way that makes them feel like real people. The acting isn't overblown or drawn out for oscar season. Chances are, if you're willing to give this a chance, it'll probably be a really nice surprise.
If this was finest, God forbid me from seeing its worst. Except for a single scene, the complete movie was boring to the core.
Brooklyn's Finest Quotes
|Ronny Rosario:||Hey, Sal. Thanks for watching my back out there today. They're gonna pin a medal on you, bro.|
|Sal Procida:||If I had given it a second thought, I wouldn't have lifted a finger for you. I would have done what I came here to do, so don't go patting me on the back. I don't deserve it.|
|Sal Procida:||Change that skirt. People are gonna start to think we're Catholic only on Sundays.|
|Det. Patrick Leary:||My shorty is black. Don't we go shopping for cocoa butter together?|
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