Nearly 10 years ago, director Antoine Fuqua's 'Training Day' brought a long-awaited Best Actor Oscar to Denzel Washington. 'Training Day' veteran Hawke returns to work with Fuqua in 'Finest.' Another attraction is sure to be Wesley Snipes in a comeback role. Critics are generally applauding the cast -- but do they find the story arresting? Let's take a look. There are some good, gritty yarns in the New York outer-borough cops and robbers genre. 'Dog Day Afternoon' comes to mind, or 'Prince of the City'. How about 'Fort Apache: The Bronx'? 'Brooklyn's Finest' is the latest chronicle of crime fighting across the bridges. This Overture Films release stars Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke and Don Cheadle as three tired NYPD officers facing a high-risk bust.
Nearly 10 years ago, director Antoine Fuqua's 'Training Day' brought a long-awaited Best Actor Oscar to Denzel Washington. 'Training Day' veteran Hawke returns to work with Fuqua in 'Finest.' Another attraction is sure to be Wesley Snipes in a comeback role. Critics are generally applauding the cast -- but do they find the story arresting? Let's take a look.
EW: "It's built of rigidly interlocking calamities, and the movie revels in the cartooniest details of street life. Ellen Barkin provides unexpected diversion in a madwoman cameo as the PD's brassiest brass. But otherwise the clichés keep coming. Wouldn't you know it, Eddie's favorite prostitute (Shannon Kane, her fine nekkid bod available for close inspection) has a heart of gold? Only in Brooklyn, kids, only in Brooklyn. Grade: C"
The Hollywood Reporter: "Thanks to an unusually strong cast of actor-stars doing their best to make sense of crazy cops and enough action to satisfy fans, 'Brooklyn's Finest' does have an audience. How they react to the relentlessly downbeat, implausible story lines is another matter."
New York Press: "In a brief role, Wesley Snipes plays Cos, Tango's ex-con best friend, and momentarily infuses the movie with startling moral authority. Like his superbly conflicted fighter in Walter Hill's 'Undisputed,' Snipes shows knowledge of life experience. Snipes avoids cliché with a magnificent look of weariness that might include impatience with even Fuqua's warped fantasies. Cos returns to the ghetto and views it with one slightly-closing eyelid. His thinking and remorse are visible, palpable -- everyone else in the film is overacting".
New York Daily News: "Director Antoine Fuqua's film about a week in the lives of three cops from one tough New York precinct can be overly moody and circles its final act for too long. Yet it also has an unexpectedly epic emotional sweep and a trio of great performances to anchor it".
Associated Press: "Other than a few dashes of humor managed by Hawke, the movie is relentlessly bleak and barbarous, Fuqua grinding viewers down through his cavemen-with-badges depiction of police work."
Orlando Sentinel: "Cheadle and Snipes have the best exchanges, with Snipes returning to his 'New Jack City' guise as an elder statesman of the drug trade, lifting his long-dormant game to hold his own with the great Cheadle [...] But for every tasty moment, there's another so comically over-the-top, so silly and arch that the movie stops dead in its tracks."