Brooklyn's Finest - A Hollyhood Film Review

I went to see Brooklyn’s Finest more out of curiosity than anything. The trailer didn’t entice me but the recommendation of a friend did. So, I tramped towards Court Street in Brooklyn to catch a matinee.

There were plenty of old familiar faces in this film. But the familiar faces and roles are so reminiscent of past movies that it’s hard to remember what you’re watching and what year it is. Richard Gere wearing a police uniform makes me think of "Internal Affairs." There’s Don Cheadle, playing the undercover brother like he did in "Traitor." Ethan Hawke reprises his role in "Training Day." And Wesley Snipes playing an old jack in a "New Jack City." And just like the cast, the script for Brooklyn's Finest was a little bit of all the above mentioned movies, leaving little room for originality.

Each of the three leading characters, all cops, has their own depressing problems, his own burdens and worries. The film gets convoluted because their stories don’t directly intertwine and the movie goes off into three different directions and it was simply too much. Too many characters, too many plot lines, too many bad guys, too many naked women, too many drugs, too many guns shots and far too much blood.

In addition, Fuqua takes us from one dismal set to another. From their tacky homes to the dated police stations, to dingy restaurants and cinderblock projects, the scenery alone was enough to slit my wrist.

Antoine Fuqua, also the director of Training Day, did a great job in cutting back and forth between the characters and their quest to build palpable tension. These were the most enjoyable moments of the movie. I kept waiting for something to jump off, but the promise was never fulfilled. In the end, the actors delivered fine performances but Fuqua delivered little more than a bloody mess.

I was quite unprepared for such a dark and disturbing movie. Nothing good happens in this movie. There wasn’t even a quirky joke to smile about. I walked out of the theater feeling heavy and yearning for a good, stiff drink.

If death, darkness and poverty suits you, then Brooklyn’s Finest is a must see.

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