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Brooklyn's Finest

Rated R 133 min. 2010

A thin blue film coats director Antoine Fuqua's needed return to his hardboiled cop drama roots. And, like Fuqua's Training Day, this is a testosterone-fueled, actor-driven policier that favors melodrama over originality. The narrative is a loosely connected triptych following the travails of three ethically challenged police officers: A burned-down flatfoot on the eve of retirement (Richard Gere); a drug-addled, financially strapped narc (Ethan Hawke); and an undercover cop (Don Cheadle) deep inside the drug network of a local kingpin (Wesley Snipes). The archetypes and clichés run as long as the Brooklyn Bridge, but Fuqua infuses them with incisive character development that transcends the superficial plot and rationed screen-time. While an emotionally distant Gere is miscast, Hawke has perfected the man-on-the-edge role. But, the film belongs to the tremendous yet still strangely underrated Cheadle, flashing the same streetwise verisimilitude and offbeat dialogue that previously informed his performances in Out of Sight and Devil in the Blue Dress.

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Director: Antoine Fuqua

Writer: Michael C. Martin

Producer: Elie Cohn, Basil Iwaynk, John Langley, Avi Lerner and John

Cast: Don Cheadle, Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Jesse Williams, Lili Taylor, Ellen Barkin, Robert John Burke, Sarah Thompson and Wass Stevens

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