Gavin O Connor
Colin Farrell. Jon Voight
The majority of PRIDE AND GLORY consists of a crime thriller-mystery similar to NARC, though as they began to answer many of the questions before the third act it became apparent that wasnít all the movie was trying to offer. Thankfully the structure doesnít make it so that the rest of the movie bores the audience while they wait for the characters to catch up. Itís all handled pretty deftly, which comes with the familiar territory for Carnahan.
As you can guess going in, a lot of the film is made up of generic police procedural characteristics and plot points. Nothing about PRIDE AND GLORY feels really new or fresh; not the police corruption, the loyal family dynasty of cops, or the eventual breakdown at the filmís conclusion. If anything helps to raise the material, itís the cast. Norton is great in the lead role, but he plays more of the thankless straight man character; nothing challenging for the man. Colin Farrell has a smaller part, but it given the chance to shine with some really meaty scenes and leaves you wanting more. Jon Voight and Toby Emmerich round out the family and both do fine work. (Love the drunk Voight!) The only lacking part is the female characters. There is plenty of setup for much needed interaction between Norton, Farrell and Voightís spouses, but they are left out almost completely. Itís such a noticeable gap that Iím guessing most of their stuff ended up on the cutting room floor.
Director Gavin does a good job of making the film feel gritty, not just through darker content .And there are definitely some effective scenes of serious tension and suspense, especially one involving Farrell and a baby. The final confrontation between Farrell and Norton is sadly laughable though. Itís just filled with poor choices, from the music to the dialogue. Thankfully the actual ending that followed was a more fitting and powerful conclusion.
Source of Pride (1:07:04): I was not expecting this kind of comprehensive documentary for this movie, but itís definitely welcome. This hour-plus feature delves deep in to the making of the film. You get a look at the inspiration for the story, putting together the impressive cast, training the actors to be cops, and even some tense moments on set. Director Gavin OíConnor comes across great here; knowledgeable and enthusiastic, down to earth and well prepared.
Extra Tidbit: The movie was originally set to roll with Hugh Jackman and Mark Wahlberg years ago but was put on hold after September 11, 2001 due to the plot involving corruption in the NYPD.