Mini Review: “Brooklyn’s Finest” (2010)

Written by Michael C. Martin and directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, King Arthur, Tears of the Sun), “Brooklyn’s Finest” is the story of three cops, all unconnected, at different stages in their careers.  The audience is first introduced to Sal (Ethan Hawke) a young cop with 4 kids and twins on the way, who has no idea how he is going to continue to make ends meet for his family. As a result, he begins killing off drug dealers and stealing the drug money in order to maintain. Then there’s Eddie (Richard Gere), a washed up cop with only 7 days left until retirement. At this point in his career, he could care less about the badge.  Lastly there’s Tango (Don Cheadle), an undercover cop with a chip on his shoulder who wants out of the force. Throughout the film he straddles a dangerous line between whats right and whats wrong as he befriends Caz (Wesley Snipes), a drug dealer just released from prison.

In his first role in five years, Snipes portrays Caz to perfection and Cheadle gives a believable performance as well. As for Hawke, I couldn’t stop thinking that this was “Training Day 2” for him but regardless he did an exceptional job portraying a dirty cop. The only odd ball out for me was Gere who, in my opinion, was slightly miscast. Other than that, the performances were satisfying and kept me interested for the most part.

The pacing of the film was a little slow in some parts but the action sequences tended to make up for it in the long run. Like most films nowadays,  there were good parts and bad parts but in the end, the good outweighed the bad.  There isn’t any real mystery to the film; it’s one of those “what you see is what you get” type movies but it’s entertaining, and I would recommend it to the next guy.

My Grade: 7/10


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