Movie Review: Brooklyn’s Finest

Brooklyn’s Finest

Directed By Antoine Fuqua

Released Friday Feb 26, 2010 Nationwide

Running time: 133 minutes

Award-winning Director, Antoine Fuqua is best known for his

gritty storytelling and drama-filled films like TrainingDay, Shooter and most recently Tears of the Sun. His latest cops and robbers-genre release Brooklyn’s

Finest doesn’t stray too far from what

seems to work for Fuqua – sex, action and naked women.

Set against the bowels of the New York’s East Brooklyn, Brooklyn’s

Finest boasts an all-star ensemble led by

one of Hollywood’s most talked about bad boys, Wesley Snipes. Snipes plays Caz, who is also a

recently freed drug kingpin that the audience will find it hard not connecting with.

Even though we’ve seen this character from Snipes many times before, he’s able

to bring Caz to life.

Most Fuqua films highlight a graying between good versus

evil. Brooklyn’s Finest is no different as it is able to engage audiences with

plenty gun-totting, action-driven movie-lovers. That won’t outshine the

greatness of actors like Richard Gere (who plays Eddie) and Don Cheadle

(playing Tango).

Both seasoned actors portray roles of vulnerable yet cunning

police officers. Eddie, a worn out veteran cop, merely wants to finish out his

tenure considered a good cop. When the film opens, he’s at the start of his

last seven days of duty. To get him through it, he employs loyal companions -

liquor and the neighborhood prostitute.

Tango (Don Cheadle) is an experienced undercover who wants

out of his life on the streets for a cushy desk job as a detective. Ethan Hawke

plays Sal, a narcotics officer balancing the pressures of a growing family and

constant opportunities of temptation. All of the officers have bouts with

corruption and failures, all of which become very obvious.

The script was written by Michael C. Martin and Brad Caleb

Kane and feels a lot like the burnt-out cop stories that began to sprout in the

'70s, crossed with the dirty-cop movies that have seemingly been around

forever. In each of the Brooklyn’s Finest

police stories, happening simultaneously throughout the film, these cops have

lost all perspective on their jobs yet they seem unashamed and unaware of their

own irrational behavior. This is

most apparent with a desperate Sal (Ethan Hawke), who pockets money from a dope


Each characters individual challenge make this

male-dominated flick worthwhile and the resulting collision is a brutal

ammunition-filled brawl of a movie. Brooklyn’s Finest will meet every-bit of your need for targeted

violence and spilling sexuality; especially from newcomer Shannon Kane who

spends most of the film in her birthday suite. But the title is a double

entendre for the NYPD and may confuse those that associate it with a rap song

by Jay-Z and The Notorious B.I.G. Set in BK, Brooklyn’s Finest is exceptionally produced and evokes greatly a drug-infested

environment of East Brooklyn, including community outrage and exploding hostility.