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In Griot, Movies on March 3, 2010 at 11:09 am

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BROOKLYNS FINEST opens up in theaters everywhere this Friday; hence
I’ll be in the theater gobbling popcorn and sucking on JR. Mints,

Watching another reel vent that is Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Brooklyns Finest is action packed and filled with a plethora of stars.

The review below is quite tellingwell kind of sorta
It comes directly from the insightful HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

BROOKLYNS FINEST takes place in — and to Fuqua’s credit are filmed in — some of the roughest sections of East Brooklyn. As the film would have it, the neighborhood experiences daily shootings, sometimes by cops of completely innocent people, other times in countless drug raids. Certainly the line between bad and good guys is fuzzy in every instance.

Eddie (Richard Gere) has seven days left on the job — yes, the film dares to pull out that old chestnut — which he means he has to get liq’d up to visit to his favorite gf/prostitute (Shannon Kane). The film implies he hasn’t really worked in years.

Tango (Don Cheadle) wants out from his three-years-plus undercover assignment because his wife has left him. It’s not easily done. Finally, his superior (Will Patton) and a farcically tough federal agent ( Ellen Barkin) propose that he set up his best friend, drug dealer Cas (Wesley Snipes), to win a desk job.

Sal (Ethan Hawke), who works narcotics, has five kids and a wife ( Lili Taylor) pregnant with twins. Desperate to move his family from a crowded rental infected with wood mold, he steals drug money with abandon. At every drug bust, he scoops up bills, and he is certainly not above assassinating a poor drug currier to steal his loot.

How did any of these doomed characters become cops, you might wonder. More to the point, would any police force turn so blind an eye to such clearly unhinged cops? Their corruption and failures are all too obvious. Hell, they even talk to their fellow police officers about their cynicism and crimes.

The screenplay ends all three stories at one huge crime scene that is staggering in its illogic. It should come as no surprise, given how “down” the movie is its protagonists, that the film has only nastiness in store for each. The film seems to wear its bleakness as a badge of honor while ignoring the preposterousness of each story line. Sometimes bleak can be as much a cop-out as a happy ending.

The film is very well produced as all the background details of the dead-end environment, community outrage over police misbehavior and hostility raging at all social levels feel real. It’s what happens in the foreground that rings false.

Is it false or a insightful reflection?
I’m Qui
I’ll be in the theater Friday taking in the reel connection.

Let Support for the Director and the Cast be your weekend affection.

BROOKLYNS FINEST Opens in THEATERS Friday, March 5th, 2010.