Brooklyn’s Finest


Antoine Fuqua’s second-rate retread of his own Training Day is a bloated Discuss this article

Antoine Fuqua’s second-rate retread of his own Training Day is a bloated, multi-thread drama concerning three burnt-out cops at the end of their seemingly unconnected ropes. Just a week away from receiving his pension, spiritually ruined man-in-blue Eddie (Richard Gere) would rather let crime run rampant than do paperwork; he wakes up each morning to a glass of whiskey and a cocked gun in his mouth. Then there’s Officer ‘Tango’ (Don Cheadle), whose undercover duty has been so overextended that his loyalties and moral compass have shifted to protect his gangland pal Caz (Wesley Snipes). And gee, will underpaid narcotics cop Sal (Ethan Hawke) ditch his few remaining scruples to make the down payment on a new house for his baby mama, pregnant with twins?

Unsubtly scripted by former NYC transit worker Michael C Martin, the film plays like the inverse of Crash – a faux-intricate exercise in crosscutting fatalism that points fingers at its characters rather than the audience. Rock bottom is never as close as it appears and what goes around comes around (and all that noise), but for a character-driven piece digging up old tropes about the strains of humanity buried within corrupted people, the constant threat of violence seems to be its only dramatic momentum.

By Aaron Hillis
Time Out Doha,

Brooklyn’s Finest

  • Duration: 132
  • Released: Thu, 01 Apr
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
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  • Director: Antoine Fuqua
  • Stars: Ethan Hawke, Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Jesse Williams, Ellen Barkin, Wesley Snipes, Lili Taylor, Brian F. O'Byrne, Shannon Kane, Will Patton, Vincent D'Onofrio

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