Saw Brooklyn’s Finest at the Cinema recently. Very disappointed. The acting was pretty great all round, especially from Ethan Hawke. Richard Gere was under utilised and his role – depressed aging cop, just days from retirement, big fan of prostitutes – seemed pretty unrelated to everything else going on. In fact, that was sort of a trend throughout the film. It seemed Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Tears of the Sun) was a bit out of his depth trying to merge the three primary story lines. In the end, he fails, leaving us with a messy non-plot that is best summed up like this: a bunch of cops go about life in Brooklyn indulging in lots of sex and shooting anything that’s black.
To be honest though, without copious bare breasted women, Brooklyn’s Finest would have been even harder to watch. There’s nothing to compel or grip you, and in fact, the first hour and a half just seems like exposition. It would be nice to be able to say even something like, ‘style over substance’, but there’s little style and less substance. The majority of the film is gratuitous, including a five minute scene that is essentially soft porn – Gere get’s the ride of his life and then the same chick fellates him.
Don Cheadle does his part well, and is definitely the most interesting to watch as an undercover cop losing track of his loyalties. It lifts a fair bit from The Departed here, but not in a good way.
Anyway, my recommendation? Avoid. It’s a wonder Fuqua manages to continue nabbing A-listers for his films, they always flop.
Finally, here’s another quote worth knowing, it’s whipped out in a tonne of films and it’s pretty relevant to the above film:
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me. (Psalm 23:4)