Enforcing the law within the notoriously rough Brownsville section of the city and especially within the Van Dyke housing projects is the NYPD's sixty-fifth precinct. Three police officers struggle with the sometimes fine line between right and wrong.
|Release Date||:||January 16, 2009|
|Genres||:||Crime, Drama, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||Nu Image Films, Langley Productions, Thunder Road Productions, Fuqua Films, Millennium Films|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Antoine Fuqua, Ed Duranté, Deirdre Horgan|
|Writers||:||Michael C. Martin, Michael C. Martin|
|Casts||:||Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ellen Barkin, Michael Kenneth Williams, Shannon Kane, Brían F. O'Byrne, Will Patton, Lili Taylor, Wass Stevens, Armando Riesco, Wade Allain-Marcus, Logan Marshall-Green, Jesse Williams, Hassan Johnson, Jas Anderson, John D'Leo, Stella Maeve, Raquel Castro|
|Plot Keywords||:||female nudity, tattoo, gambling, corruption, father son relationship, prostitute, robbery, detective, police brutality, wife husband relationship, card game, desperation, undercover, drug dealer, retirement, death of a friend, asthma, police, fellatio, blood splatter, revenge, deception, shot in the chest, murder, betrayal, priest, kidnapping, breast, bag of money, shootout, blood on shirt, shot in the back, undercover cop, blood, suicidal, f word, shot to death, punched in the face, redemption, police officer killed, hospital, dirty cop, police corruption, bare chested male, pistol, new york city, church, strangulation, foot chase, police detective, father daughter relationship, police station, held at gunpoint, catholic, guilt, brooklyn new york city, narcotics cop, nypd, missing person, racial slur, swat team, ensemble cast, pregnant wife, confessional, drive by shooting, shot in the shoulder, gun in mouth, police raid, reference to god, razor blade, shot through a door, stealing money, police officer shot, expecting twins, lens flare, flashback, money problems, family man, neo-noir, bmw, apathy, confession booth, thoughts of retirement, hail mary, working in the nude, drug raid, ironing money, bedtime prayer, briefing, shot point blank, reference to gregory hines, police badge, sex slave, trail of blood, gold watch, man slaps a woman, mold|
Draws you right in from the start, builds tension to a climactic point late in the film. In the middle, you get to absorb a lot of NYC atmosphere which somewhat compensates for the formulaic nature of the film. You've seen it all before, there's no new ground, but its done in a way that will hold your interest.
Grim, adult movie themes highlight only the heavy issues that burden cops in this big city.
Cheadle, Hawke and Gere all develop very burnt-out, empty looks in their eyes that help make this film more believable than it really is. Lives have fallen apart (the personal lives of these cops). The script makes it clear that the job is rough on cop families, it makes this point almost to the point of overkill.
The women of this film are resigned to the belief that "its a man's world". They have bought this belief system almost totally. And yes I include Ellen Barkin's middle-aged super-boss-cop because she tries to be just like men in order to get to the top of this man's macho cop world/underworld environment.
Gere is subtle, very nuanced and effective in his role. Hawke is incredibly explosive in his role of a man desperately overstrung, or at least in need of a good vacation. Cheadle's mixed-up about-to-snap performance works perfectly with Snipes who gives a fine, mature, theatrical style performance. I'm ready to see more of the mature Snipes as his career progresses.
All the acting here is great and it overcomes the generally "seen it before" nature of the production. This is basically similar to Greek tragedy, so if you view it that way you won'be let down by the relentless grimness that is here from start to finish.
Entertainment value highlighted by enough tension, plus the studied pro performances rate an 8 rating from me.