Brooklyn’s Finest – Review
Director Antoine Fuqua brings us another gritty cop tale. This one follows threee seperate stories that predictably converge in the final ten minutes of the film. Ethan Hawke is Sal, an officer who’s life is in financial ruin, as he does whatever it takes to provide for his ever growing family and sick wife. Stealing from the criminals, Sal hopes to get enough to afford the downpayment on a new house. With a large family already, and twins on the way, Sal is forced to step up his efforts… at any cost. Don Cheadle is Tango, an undercover cop trying to make detective. Unfortunately he’s been under so long that his perception of what needs to be done is skewed by the lack of support from his superiors and bonds formed with a known drug dealer. Finally, Richard Gere is Eddie, a rundown cop just riding his final days until retirement. Never amounting to anything during his 22 years on the force, always taking the safest path, avoiding any kind of trouble. There are no pretty pictures here, like Fuqua’s previous cop film Training Day, Brooklyn’s Finest is dark, gritty and full of corruption. Performances across the board are fantastic and real, you feel their pain, frustration and desperation.
My only real problem with the film is that Fuqua takes us just a little over that line of believability, painting things just a little darker than they would be and relying on total random coincidence to draw the viewer to the final explosive conclusion. Each story on it’s own is solid, it’s what binds them in the end (or lack of binding) that, for me at least, causes it to fall apart. It wasn’t a bad ending, but it could have been better. Also, running at almost 2 and a half hours, Brookly’s finest can be depressing and emotionally draining, with absolutely no high points.
Overall though, if you like crime dramas, this one’s worth taking in.