Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Brooklyn's Finest

The last time we saw Ethan Hawke directed by Antoine Fuqua was in TRAINING DAY and he was the fresh faced rookie with the moral compass. Almost a decade later we see him flipping the coin as a cop with a moral dilemma. So does Richard Gere in a role quite similar to that he played in THE FLOCK. So does Don Cheadle whose issues are a bit more complex and involve Wesley Snipes making his big return to the mainstream. It's an ambitious project for Fuqua and he nearly pulls it off but the end there is something missing. Still can't put my finger on what it was but what could have been an exceptional film falls short and remains merely above average. Great opening scene and Vincent D'Onofrio is excellent for the little bit of screen time he gets. Fantastic to see Lili Taylor back on the big screen and a racey breakout role for ALL MY CHILDREN's Shannon Kane.


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