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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Narcotics effect your... ooh! tree monkeys.
This film follows a new officer of the narcotics division of a police force. Although, when he gets offered some 'narcotics' by his superior officer, he starts to question the seriousness of his boss. All-in-all, the whole film encompasses a serious issue, and allows people like us to see the consequences. The disk lacks extras, but doesn't seem to matter when you...
Published on 31 Mar 2005 by T. Ridd

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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a Classic!!!!
"Training Day" is certainly an attention grabber. The first hour is impressive, assured and exciting. The acting is excellent. Then in the last reel it all falls apart rather dramatically.

As usual for Hollywood fodder the two lead actors have a final predictable confrontation resulting in the Motion Picture losing all the credibility it had so carefully...
Published on 11 Jun 2007 by nmollo


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a Classic!!!!, 11 Jun 2007
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"Training Day" is certainly an attention grabber. The first hour is impressive, assured and exciting. The acting is excellent. Then in the last reel it all falls apart rather dramatically.

As usual for Hollywood fodder the two lead actors have a final predictable confrontation resulting in the Motion Picture losing all the credibility it had so carefully constructed in previous reels.

Punch-ups ensue that never result in any of the protagonists getting seriously hurt and of course the villain leaves our hero alive, James Bond style. Why? Where is the logic? How could a film that carefully constructs a real, gritty world then leap so willingly into the realm of action cliché?

Ridiculous crowd direction, such as extras standing directly in the line of fire, without a care in the world! Predictable pontificating in a shoot out situation.

The film worked so well to a point and then it was all thrown away. What a shame. This could have been a classic! The most engaging scene was the near shooting in a gangland bathtub.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Narcotics effect your... ooh! tree monkeys., 31 Mar 2005
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T. Ridd (Leeds, UK.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Training Day [2002] [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
This film follows a new officer of the narcotics division of a police force. Although, when he gets offered some 'narcotics' by his superior officer, he starts to question the seriousness of his boss. All-in-all, the whole film encompasses a serious issue, and allows people like us to see the consequences. The disk lacks extras, but doesn't seem to matter when you realise it is a really decent watch. Also, the 'office' is the koolest thing I've ever seen.. you'll know what I mean when you watch the film.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Training Day DVD, 21 July 2002
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John Taylor (Warrington, Cheshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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After all the post-Oscar hype, its hard to watch this movie without a teensie bit of expectation. But after 10 minutes of the feature running, any doubts you have will be blown away. And to think this was helmed by the same guy who brought us the dire `Replacement Killers`. Denzel is absolutely superb as the corrupt narcotics cop, without a doubt deserving the best actor Oscar. If you can ignore a decidedly dodgy ending, then this will be the best cop thriller you will have seen for years. As for the DVD, its a case of good , but not great! The commentary by director Antoine Fuqua (its pronounced differently than its spelled fortunately) is average at best, never really bringing any interesting facts or anecdotes up. How cool would a Denzel commentary track have been (especially in light of his Oscar triumph). Definitely a missed opportunity. The rest of the DVD extras are your standard HBO making of` featurette, trailers and rap music videos. Not really exciting stuff. So, on the whole a fantastic movie, let down by an average DVD. Hopefully Warner will release an `Oscar Special Edition` soon that will do the fab film justice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Denzel at his best, 20 Feb 2009
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Daniel Henshaw "Enjoy" (Nottingham, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a brilliantly shot film, superbly directed, and of course...
Washington is superb; immensely intimidating!

There's no unrealistic plot, chases, or characters, and that's what makes the film, in my opinion, so brilliant.

Also, great performances from Snoop Dogg and Dre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good film - a great performance ****, 16 Jun 2002
This review is from: Training Day [2002] [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Sitting down to watch this film, i had no idea what to expect, i hadnt read any reviews and didnt know any of the plot details but I quickly began to enjoy the ride. Training day tells the story of Ethan hawk (a young cop who wants to climb the ranks) who teams up with seasoned cop (washington) who wants to get the freshfaced cop a feel of life on the streets.
From the very early scenes, washington makes an impact, creating a character who is believable but at the same time a little on the edge. Hawk also turns in a very good performance, playing a "scared of the consequences" role similar to the one he played in (gattaca). This film isnt scared to deal with strong issues and the film is all the better for it.
Training day has many twist and turns to keeps you guessing until the very end, and although the ending isnt quite up to the standard of the rest of the film, this is still a very well made and well constructed film in which washington gives one of his finest performances.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...In Order To Catch A Wolf...You Have To Think Like A Wolf..." - Training Day on BLU RAY, 28 Jun 2012
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
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*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE BLU RAY VERSION ***

I remember seeing "Training Day" at the cinema in 2001 - the audience applauded at the end - and most left their seats with its gritty brilliance seared into their unconscious. I'm glad to say that revisiting this urban drug story in 2012 finds that Antoine Fuqua's directorial debut hasn't lost one jot of its power - and better still - is now genuinely enhanced by its reissue on BLU RAY.

The picture quality is far better than I expected - a really crisp transfer. Its default aspect is 2.4:1 - so there are bars top and bottom of the screen - but even stretched to full frame - the print quality still holds up. A lot of the scenes are one-on-one dialogue pieces in the front of cars between the two male leads - but expertly filmed and edited - there's no real blocking. Side shots of their faces are startlingly clear - even the sequences towards the end in people's homes and out on the streets at night are very, very clean. It's a top-notch transfer...

Written by DAVID AYER (a white man who grew up in the South Central projects of Los Angeles) and directed by ANTOINE FUQUA (a black man who did the same)- it's about a fresh-faced cop Jake Hoyt (played by Ethan Hawke) who is hooked up with legendary narcotics Detective Alonzo Harris (played by Denzel Washington) for one 'training day'. From dawn to dusk - it will be a baptism of fire.

At first Alonzo has the air of a man who's doing what he has to do to keep the river of drugs off the streets of Los Angeles. His methods may be brutal - but in the heat of street-justice - the end justifies the means. The problem is that while the young rookie cuts the mustard in the eagerness department, unfortunately he's also highly principled - and this begins to encroach on Alonzo's habit of turning the other way when he's gathering info to make busts of the big guys (15,000 years of incarceration handed out and counting). Alonzo also feels that Hoyt's Academy naivety will get him killed in the real world (dialogue above). So Hoyt struggles. But then things get gradually murkier...and even life-threatening...

Soon after a car bust - Jake is drawn into Alonzo's doped-up world and begins to feel like he's being played - but Alonzo keeps proffering believable reasons for his actions. Only a brave intervention (a young Latino girl being raped by two lowlifes in a lane) saves Jake from the clutches of a double-barrelled bathroom death. Soon (bruised and battered) Jake is taking the game to Alonzo's neighbourhood - and on it goes to a brilliant but inevitably bloody ending...

Part of the reason why "Training Day" works is that there's an air of authenticity in the script that echoes The Wire and The Sopranos (both Author and Director have been there). The bad language and street talk is either vicious or impenetrable - and frequently both. A dance of fear and intimidation co-exists between the cops and the largely Black and Latino communities. No one is clean and few get away from it unaffected. Some areas of the city are even no-go zones - poverty and bad housing being a breeding ground. Gun law abounds and it's hard to tell the difference between Dictators - the drug-pusher or the police officer who protects the drug-pusher...

Denzel is truly magnificent in the part (a departure from his nice-guy roles) - he inhabits his gold-chained Alonzo with a power and ferocity that few actors could even get near. You feel this mouthy monster owning the areas he walks into and you understand why many of them smile as Alonzo approaches - but would gladly put several bullets in his back as he leaves. Ethan Hawke does well to keep up with such a tour-de-force - and at times - even matches him. It's not surprising that Washington took his 2nd Oscar for it ("Glory" was his first).

The supporting cast too is exceptional - Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre as drug-dealing hoodies - Macy Gray as a crack wife - Eve Mendes as Alonzo's squeeze - Scott Glen as an old veteran - and the trio of corrupt officials - Tom Berenger, Raymond J. Barry and Harris Yulin (who feature in the 'Alternate Ending' in the Extras). And special mention should also go to the locals and the then unknown Latino cast - some of who are actually gang members. Fantastic stuff...and so impressive...

To sum up - a great film then - now made better by a format that allows it to shine.
This is precisely what a good BLU RAY reissue should be.

Recommended like a hard rock in the crack den at the back of 10 Downing Street...(yo David).

BLU RAY Specifications:
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition 2.4:1 Aspect Ratio
AUDIO: Dolby Digital English 5.1, French 5.1 and German 5.1
SUBTITLES: English, French and German
EXTRAS:
1. Feature-Length Commentary by Director Antoine Fuqua (Director)
2. Additional Scenes
3. Alternate Ending
4. HBO First Look: The Making Of Training Day
5. 2 Music Videos - "No.1" by NELLY and "Got You" by PHAROAHE MONCH
6. Theatrical Trailer
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 13 Dec 2006
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Training Day came recommended to me by a friend of mine but he doesn't have a very good track record when it comes to recommending films. Maybe it's just me being fussy because I can be critical of films more often than not. However, not so with Training Day. This movie is an absolute gem - it's gripping, fast paced, has a wonderful script and some truly fantastic performances by both Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. Training Day is a tense and gritty thriller that may lack subtlety but more than makes up for it in all other areas. I enjoyed this film from start to finish and it has cemented itself as one of my most favourite films and one of the best films I have seen in recent years.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 19 Jun 2002
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J. E. Parry "Jeff Parry" (Pontypool, Wales) - See all my reviews
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This is everything they say and more. I bought the region 1 edition as I missed it in the cinema and I am glad I did not wait for the region 2's release.
This is a well acted, scripted and plotted movie. The story flows and you actually understand what drives the main characters. You even sympathise with Denzil Washington's character as you learn what has driven him to carry out his actions through the day.
I will not spoil it by revealing the twists and turns but recommend that you buy this with out any hesitation.
Denzil won his Oscar by portraying the flawed cop and it was well deserved. His best film yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak., 1 Sep 2010
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I thought at the beginning of this movie that the direction was very good and the photography excellent, this did not change. However, the 'feel' of the films theme did.

Up to the first, perhaps, fifty minutes the action flowed at a good pace, from then until the end things seemed to become 'muddy' I'm not sure if the script writer changed or it was decided to make a statement about corruption et al, but for me the ending just did not work, some one as overtly sinister, as Washingtons character, would not have walked into the situations he did.

I did not watch the 'alternative ending' which is included within the special feature section of the DVD, it may be more in keeping with the character of the first fifty minutes, even so the distinct shift in 'message' did not work for me.

I prefer the film 'Colors' for a classic taste of street wise police action!Or if you want a little gangsta perspective try Boyz 'n'the Hood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST-HAVE movie, 9 Sep 2009
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C. Mannfeld "Chris" (Germany) - See all my reviews
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If Washington's impeccable acting in "Man on Fire" didn't deserve an Oscar then imagine what an acting Washington delivered when he got an Oscar for his acting in"Training Day". Accompanying the great acting from Washington and Ethan Hawke and a good soundtrack, there is a story that gets you right from the beginning. This is in my opinion Fuqua's best directing so far. This movie is a must-have for every movie fan.
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