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.
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.