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eddie, sal e tango sono tre poliziotti del distretto 65, una delle zone piu' pericolose di brooklyn. eddie cerca conforto nell'alcool e si innamora di una giovane squillo; tango e' un infiltrato nel mondo degli spacciatori, ha trascorso un anno in carcere e si lega a caz, un criminale che in passato gli ha salvato la vita; sal e' costretto a tradire amici ed istituzioni per mantenere la famiglia. non sono destinati a incontrarsi mai, finche' una notte un blitz antidroga li conduce nello stesso fatale luogo a nord di brooklyn dove si scatenera' l'inferno.
||Ellen Barkin, Richard Gere, Vincent D'Onofrio, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle|
||PAL, Widescreen, Color|
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40 of 45 found the following review helpful:
Outstanding NY Police DramaMar 14, 2010
By Terence Allen
"Brooklyn's Finest" is a remarkably entertaining and well-acted police drama from director Antoine Fuqua, who also directed the also outstanding police drama, "Training Day."
The film focuses on three very different Brooklyn cops over the course of a week. Richard Gere plays Eddie, a hardened veteran just a week away from retirement. He has nightmares, he's separated from his wife, and he's just biding his time until his retirement. Ethan Hawke, the hero of "Training Day, plays a narcotics detective desperate to finance a new home to give a better life to his wife, children, and twins on the way. Don Cheadle plays Tango, an undercover cop, who is so deep undercover that he forgets who he really is, and to make matters worse, he now has to setup a high-level drug dealer who saved his life while he was undercover in prison.
These examples of Brooklyn's Finest are all living on the edge, and they all go over the edge one way or another. The acting from these three is superb. Their performances along with Wesley Snipes as the drug dealer, Brian F. O'Byrne as Hawkes' best friend and partner, Shannon Kane as Eddie's hooker with a heart of gold, and a number of others, make this a very enjoyable, but powerfully sad and tragic film.
27 of 31 found the following review helpful:
A Good Cop Drama With A Great CastMar 08, 2010
By Dr. Feel
Brooklyn's Finest is about three cops working in different units in the NYC police department, who struggle with the perils of the crime-infested streets, particularly the drug trafficking operations.
Ethan Hawke delivers probably his best performance to date. He plays Sal Procida, a NYPD narcotics officer who's a devout Catholic with mostly good intentions, but is plagued with his own demons as he chases after ruthless drug dealers while struggling to support more kids at home than he can afford on a cop's salary.
Don Cheadle plays the role of "Tango", an ambitious undercover cop working double-duty on a drug sting operation. He's burned out and wants out of the game before it's too late, but he's in too deep and the powers that be on the corrupt police force won't let him escape. Ellen Barkin plays the hard-ass boss lady in charge of the sting operation. She has Cheadle by the balls and couldn't care less about his survival.
Richard Gere plays Officer Dugan, a washed-out, suicidal veteran cop who is just a week away from retirement. His goal (aside from enjoying the services of a certain "professional" whom he likes more than he should) is to maintain his sanity, keep his nose clean and keep his rookie cop partner under control for just a few more days so that he can cash in on his pension with a little pride. But as it turns out, his last week on the job is probably the worst of his entire career.
Wesley Snipes returns to the big screen as the smart, ruthless drug lord "Caz" running the streets of Brooklyn. He's been in the game for too long as well and appears to be losing his "street cred", as he doesn't know who to trust anymore. His most trusted partner however, happens to be Tango who, unbeknownst to Caz, is working undercover to bust his operation.
Brooklyn's Finest tells a graphic story about each of these characters and the double lives and personal struggles that each one has to deal with on a daily basis. All three are "fine" cops in their own way, but the demands of their dangerous jobs, in a corrupt world, gets the best of them. Neither cop knows the other one, but their fate is ultimately intertwined.
This movie starts out quite slow but it eventually progresses into a very good film. This is a serious cop drama that is very raw in its portrayal of crime and corruption on the mean urban streets. It contains certain elements of other movies, such as "Training Day", "New Jack City", "American Gangster" and "Crash" all meshed together into one powerful movie.
The casting and acting are superb, but the story leaves nothing to the imagination and exploits stereotypes to the max. Highly recommended, nonetheless.
WARNINIG: Contains graphic sexual content, extreme violence and profanity. Not for the easily offended!
17 of 21 found the following review helpful:
Fans of "The Wire" Will Enjoy Brooklyn's FinestMar 05, 2010
It's been almost a decade since Director Antoine Fuqua treated us to Training Day, and Brooklyn's Finest proves that he still has the goods. While not destined to become the fan classic that Denzel helped deliver, Brooklyn's Finest offers up an excellent cast and an explosive ending.
Don Cheadle, as an undercover cop, gives a terrific performance while continuing to prove himself as one of Hollywood's most underrated actors. It was also amazing to watch Ethan Hawke as a corrupt officer, but unlike Training Day's Alonzo, you really feel his vulnerability. He's thrown into a pressure cooker early into the film, with tension so real that you can almost touch it. If you're a diehard fan of HBO's The Wire like myself, you're going to love the casting of Michael K. Williams (Omar Little) and Hassan Johnson (Wee-Bey) as Brooklyn dealers, and Isiah Whitlock Jr (Senator Clay "Sheeee*t" Davis) as a city investigator. Wesley Snipes gives a great New Jack City throwback performance as drug kingpin Caz. Richard Gere plays the role of a weathered cop to perfection, despite being handed a script filled with one too many police flick cliches.
Brooklyn's Finest starts especially slow, but really picks up steam past the film's halfway mark. The cinematography and directing are both on point, and Fuqua's use of lighting is excellent. Brazilian composer Marcelo Zarvos (Sin Nombre) did a great job with the score, and the rest of the soundtrack fits perfectly (particularly the Busta Rhymes track during a stash house raid). And like The Wire, police bureaucracy is exposed, corruption is revealed, and the streets take no prisoners.
The film gets four stars instead of five, simply because there are one too many cliches, and the "Crash" concept isn't anything new. But while the plot is at times implausible and not terribly exciting, the intertwining of characters leading up to the film's conclusion is grim and powerful. Not the best film of 2010, but don't miss this one if you enjoy The Wire.
4 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Enjoyable, gritty dramaAug 17, 2010
By Senor Zoidbergo
I enjoyed Brooklyn's Finest, although I did have a few complaints which I will list first. The three storylines were rather distinct, and other than by location, they were not linked. I would have preferred to see more interaction between the characters other than random chance meetings on the street, but I think the storyline still works in the manner in which it was presented. Additionally, the movie didn't need to be set in Brooklyn, and Brooklyn played no significant part in influencing the storyline, other than providing public housing projects for the drug-ridden backdrop.
Onto the movie itself; it's a melancholy drama, depressing and dark. The cinematography underscores the gritty nature of the BK projects, and the lives of those affected by the drug trade. The three main characters, Gere, Hawke, and Cheadle, are effective in portraying their respective characters. Some have said that Cheadle's character was the most sympathetic, but I found all three storylines to be engaging. Wesley Snipes makes a welcome addition- I think this was Snipes' first movie following his tax evasion sentencing.
**SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW**
The DVD contains a few deleted scenes, which in my opinion, were rightfully deleted. One of the scenes shows Don Cheadle's confrontation with the NJ State trooper in more detail. The deletion of this scene better enhances the tension in Cheadle's character when he describes his inner conflicts to his superior, Bill. Another one of the deleted scenes ties up some of the loose ends. Snipes' character is shown alive (unbelievable glad they deleted this) and Richard Gere's character is shown enjoying his retirement in Connecticut. I prefer the ambiguous ending of the original.
Watch the featurettes for some interesting background on the characters, as well explanation of the on-site filming in the Brooklyn Projects.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Not Bad, Worth a Rental at LeastAug 19, 2010
By David Girod
"Brooklyn's Finest" is chock full of great actors, Richard Gere, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke...and with that many names attached the film promises to be pretty good. And that's all it is...pretty good, but not great.
Brought to you by the same guy behind "Training Day", "Brooklyn's Finest" suffers from a "been-there-done-that" feel. The basic storyline follows 3 police officers and how they cope with the day-to-day grind of the job, and how some bow under the pressures where the only difference between the crooks and cops is the uniform.
"Brooklyn's Finest" tackles corruption in the police department, racism, class warfare and a variety of today's ills. And I think that's where it's problem lies. Instead of telling us 1 story really well, it tries to tackle too much and because it introduces so many storylines and elements, none are given the depth they should have received.
Still, this isn't a bad film, it's definately worth a rental, but I don't recommend a purchase as I don't this there is much re-watch value with the film.
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