Monday, March 8, 2010

Brooklyn's Finest

This is a story of Greed, Revenge and Redemption. Don Cheadle plays an undercover Officer trying to make Detective. Richard Gere plays a soon to be retired officer of 22 years and Ethan Hawke plays an Officer that is in dire need of money to move his family into a bigger house. Wesley Snipes played a drug dealer that just came home from a long bid in prison. This film's complexity lies within the characters and the politics of the police system. Don Cheadle was fine with his role as an undercover drug dealer until the people over him changed the agreement. Ethan Hawke bent, broke and busted the rules to get what he needed and justified it so with an explanation of where confiscated drug money goes. One of the most chilling parts in the movie to me was when Ethan Hawke saw a guy running thinking that he was getting away with the money, chased him down only to find out that he had diapers and said, "Why were you running? Don't you know I could have shot you in the back?" Then radios that "the suspect got away." That's pretty fucked up, but its real. That let's you know how easy it is for them Police to cover up something. Another instance of this is when Richard Gere takes along a rookie Officer into a store where a dispute arose. When Gere goes to the car for paper work the rookie loses his control and shoots the patron. When Gere goes into a hearing about the incident, the committee already has a plan to cover up what happened.

This movie displays four sides of a fucked up coin. It's dark, desperate, and daring. It shows people confronting their vices not worried about the consequences. And when people feel they have nothing to lose they either become worthless or very dangerous. P.S. if you see a guy dressed in Army fatigues, a Gucci belt, and an open shirt...he is a cop. Don Cheadle's wardrobe was the worst.

To Protect and Serve


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