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Training Day [Blu-ray] [2001] [Region Free]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2002
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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2002
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2007
I saw this film on the telly and immediately decided that it needed to be included in my library!
The film is a stunning combination of splendid performances from the leading and supporting actors, great direction and slick production values.
Ethan Hawke (who was so brilliant in Gattaca) plays rookie narcotics cop and this film takes us through his first day in his new role. His superior Denzel Washington is a multi-decorated street-wise cop who has a seemingly unorthodox work style which constantly pushes and tests Hawke.
Hawke slowly learns about the dark side of the city streets and the police system.
The performances are absolutely stellar, and Washington deservedly won an Academy Award for his role. Hawke is very good as rookie Hoyt. The rest of the cast appear in small supporting roles, but help construct a very believable picture of LA.
If you haven't already seen this film, get it on DVD - it is one you'll like to view a few times.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 13 December 2006
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2009
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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Denzel Washington turns in a power house performance as Alonzo, a corrupt and arrogant cop on the narcotics squad of the LAPD, who dispenses his own version of justice to those he comes into contact with. He is a self appointed judge, jury and executioner (in Alonzo's case literally the executioner), who educates his partner, the rookie cop Jake during his training day in how to clean up the streets of LA and to line his own pockets at the same time. Not for Alonzo is the conventional, textbook methods of the average cop. He has a quicker way of dealing with certain criminals. After all, what does it matter if Alonzo ignores the finer points of the law because he is dealing with the scum of the earth, the dregs of humanity? They don't play by the rules, so why should he? The world is a better place without these animals, isn't it?

We are happy for the Alonzo's of the world to do their own thing, so long as we don't know about it. The trouble is that bystanders get hurt or killed, like his own wife and son and the system of justice becomes the second casualty. Jake looks on in awe of Alonzo, starts to admire him and begins to feel he is being drawn into Alonzo's world and realises he is becoming just like him but then Jake becomes increasingly shocked and disillusioned as he realises that Alonzo's type of "justice" is the road to anarchy and chaos.

Antoine Fuqua's direction is gripping and his dark recreation of the frightening world of LA criminality is stunning. It is a brutal and uncompromising portryal of the underbelly of a big city but it is an ultimately highly moral story as Alonzo's fate is a classic example of the truth that those who live by the sword will die by the sword.

David Rowland
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 11 June 2007
"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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2009
Training Day is a great film with a strong plot, great direction and an award winning cast (Danzle Washinton, Ethan Hawk. There was not a moment of this film which lost my interest. The extras are a nice compliment to the film, explaining how the film was produced and made, as well as a backstory to where the ideas came from. There are also a fe deleated scenes and one alternate ending, but they are left out of the film for obvious resons. The low price of this DVD makes the purchase more than justifyable.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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
on 9 September 2009
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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