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Brooklyn's Finest
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Jul 21, 2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Antione Fuqua

Actors:
Ethan Hawke
Richard Gere
Don Cheadle

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Three very different cops leading very different lives struggle to make ends meet, retain deep cover and get through those last days on the job as intertwining circumstances bring all them together.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I'm a huge fan of cop flicks, which is solely because of the cop side of things as I'm not overly fond of the dramatic twists and turns usually found therein. Basically what I'm saying to you is that these flicks don't always have the happy go lucky ending I want them to. Director Antoine Fuqua knows his way around these sorts of films with stuff like TRAINING DAY, BAIT and even KING ARTHUR under his belt and it certainly shows when the chips are down. That said, this film sports a more sombre note than the aforementioned ones but all in all I dug it.

Ethan Hawke must love cop movies too as he's been in a number of them now, and though he doesn't have the most likeable character here, you can't help but feel for the guy and gun for him as the story unfolds. I was happy to see that Richard Gere hasn't disappeared from action flicks entirely and though his characters is rather obviously clichéd, how can I not cheer for the man, especially seeing as how it may be awhile before I see him in this sort of film again. And raise your glass because Wesley Snipes is back in the house! Sure, he's not one of the leads (he's actually more of a minor supporting role) but who cares, he's another guy I hoped wouldn't fade into the night and I was happy to see he's still got it.

The one thing that stands out here for me the most is how real it all feels, maybe not so much with Gere’s character but definitely with Hawke and Cheadle. Deep cover is no joke and in a world where patients fall in love with their doctors/nurses and the kidnapped can fall in love with their kidnappers, I have no problem believing that even good cops can be swayed by the ties they form in the criminal world. That and the struggle for money can and usually does lead to desperation in the real world which is probably the easiest thing to relate to here. This film breathes raw emotion and intensity.

BROOKLYN'S FINEST treads a rather beaten path and though heavily clichéd by cop movie standards, it was still engrossing, well acted and one hell of a good time from where I was sitting. Yes, you may know what will happen. Yes, you've no doubt seen these characters before. But if you're a fan of the genre (like I am), you'll no doubt appreciate the fact that there are only so few ways police, their drama and their adventures can unfold on the big screen. So with that in mind, this flick was a decent ride and worth checking out.
THE EXTRAS
Chaos & Conflict: The Life of a New York Cop: Here cast and crew get into the heart and soul of the New York City police force. New York is the last place I’d ever want to be a cop.

Boyz N the Real Hood: Here they show and explain how everything in the film from the locales to the people are authentic Brooklyn. The studio wanted them to shoot in Detroit but they said hell no.

An Eye for Detail: Director Featurette: The cast and crew share stories and feats that shape the intensity surrounding director Antoine Fuqua. The dude knows his craft.

From the MTA to the WGA: Writer Featurette: A look at the story behind the script’s writer (an unknown who was working in a toll booth) and his switch over to Hollywood.

Deleted Scenes: There’s a half hour’s worth, some hit, some miss but the speeding ticket one is gold and more Snipes is always a good thing.

Previews: There’s a theatrical trailer as well as a handful of other film trailers, not to mention one for SPARTACUS BLOOD AND SAND.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I love a good cop flick and eagerly look forward to each one as they surface. As I said in the beginning, they may not all rub me the right way but for the most part I’m usually satisfied. Seeing Ethan Hawke in the line up would have me sold either way as I loved TRAINING DAY and ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13.
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