Thursday, March 18, 2010


By D.E.Levine

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writers: Michael C. Martin
Cast: Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Vincent D'Onofrio, Brian F. O'Byrne, Will Patton, Jesse Williams, Lili Taylor, Shannon Kane, Ellen Barkin et al.
Producers: Elie Cohn, Basel Iwanyk, John Langley, Avi Lerner and John Thompson
Executive Producers: Boaz Davidson, Antoine Fuqua, Robert Greenhut, Jesse Kenndy and Mary Viola
Co-producers: Joe Napolitano and Sam Samick
Associate Producer: Jeanne O'Brien-Ebiri
Original Music: Marcelo Zarvos
Runmning Time: 125 Minutes
Country of Origin: USA
Language: English
Genre: Crime, Drama

The story is implausible and downbeat which is surprising considering that it was directed by Antoine Fuqua, who has a reputation and history for balancing the action of his characters with detailed inquiries and explanations into and about their lives.

While the film isn't great it's strong cast will attract a following and it is surprisingly engaging for the audience.

Stories and scenes take place in the grimiest and roughest sections of East Brooklyn. There are daily numerous shootings sometimes drug related, and sometimes by police of innocent people.

Police are definitely not displayed in their best light. Eddie has seven days to retirement and is playing it safe by not getting involved in controversial confrontations. Tango wants to leave his three years as an undercover cop and superiors suggest he set up his best friend. Sal, a narcotics cop with five kids and twins on the way, desperately wants to move his family out of his mold-invested house into a larger, cleaner home. In order to afford to do so he regularly steals money at drug busts even if it involves murdering people in cold blood.

How these stories progress independently and finally end at one huge crime scene is a film full of violence, bloodshed and some really surprising twists.

What's inconceivable is how these three police and others could join the police force and exist while top brass turns a blind eye to the ongoing corruption and dishonesty.

Despite the well organized production of the background and the details of the 65th Precinct, all of the stories seem preposterous and unbelievable.