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Better Than Expected
on 5 June 2011
I was aware that this had mixed reviews, so I wasn't expecting anything too good, but loving cop films I wanted to give it a go. It's very much a mixture of The Wire, The Departed and Training Day, all of which I liked a lot.
It's set in a real "Project" in Brooklyn and has the same occasionally incomprehensible patois of the streets that made me wish for subtitles. It's the usual drug fayre, so you don't miss much by not understanding it all. One thing that struck me as funny was that the gangsters were total charicatures of what we've seen for so long - wearing enough gold to sink a battleship, funny hats at odd angles, baggy trousers halfway down their butts - it's all there. Maybe they really are like that.
The story follows three cops, each very different but with problems of their own. Ethan Hawke was his usual drug-addled looking self, Don Cheadle just seemed too nice to be a tough guy and Richard Gere looked too soft to have done 22 years on the streets. Despite all that, the stories came together nicely and the ending was nothing if not dramatic and bloody.
It's a film which could have been better, but which was by no means bad or a waste of time. If you like the three films/shows I mentioned at the start, you'll almost certainly like this.