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
All the actors are excellent in their portrayals of their characters.
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.
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?|