New York-set crime drama starring Colin Farrell and Edward Norton. Ray Tierney (Norton) is an NYPD officer from a multi-generational police family. When Tierney is assigned to investigate a complex case that involves his older brother Francis (Noah Emmerich) and brother-in-law Jimmy Egan (Colin Farrell), the family is forced to choose where their loyalties lie.
Overall this is not a bad movie, even if it has a somewhat corny ending. The direction is tight and the judicious use of hand held camera adds tension at the right times. The entire cast portray their characters earnestly and Farrell looks pretty menacing enough. Yet despite the dark brooding atmosphere, the story has been told a thousand times before.
All the predictable cop drama elements are here; (i) bent cops, (ii) traditional cop family trying to stick together against adversity, (iii) a cop funeral with all the regalia and bagpipes, and (iv) lots of skank-heads getting up to no good in gritty Brooklyn tenement blocks.
It all looks real enough, right down to the suburban New York City expressways and walrus cop moustaches. You're certainly not going to confuse the location with say Burton-on-the-Water or Palm Springs.
It gives films like The Departed and Serpico a bit of a run for their money, but ultimately falls short.
The case boasts that this film makes The Departed look like The Bill, well, the makers should be careful not to invite comparisons; in my opinion it's The Bill that'll look like The Departed after watching this. The main problem is the time it takes for the convoluted plot to get into gear, there are just too many stories it's trying to tell us, strangely, it omits some details we may be interested in, like some background to Colin Farell's character for a start.
Good points? Well, the idea of a family of cops with Edward Norton being the one good guy in a nest of bad-uns is good, and all the performances are solid, if a little earnest. The finale picks up some interest eventually, although the punch-up in a bar seems a little out of place with all the serious drama going on.
The film is also cursed with Hollywood's current fad for washed out colours, although the blu-ray image is detailed with only noticeable grain in some close-ups. Sound is disappointing; it's clear but not punchy enough.
This film shows in hard-hitting detail how police corruption can drag everyone into a deadly spiral of turmoil and retribution. Colin Farrell is excellent playing the cop who, off-duty, is an amiable family man but, once in uniform, becomes a ruthless crooked cop, just as brutal as the criminals he's now in partnership with.
Star of the show is Edward Norton, playing Farrell's brother in law, who gradually unravels the web of corruption that Farrell is immersed in. Also superb is Jon Voight who plays Norton's father and is a police commanding officer in the same force. Voight's character is torn between desperately wanting to stop Farrell's criminal activities from destroying his close-knit family, while also wanting to purge the force of Farrell and his cronies. This makes for a fascinating conflict between Norton and Voigt's characters, both united in their disgust of Farrell's criminal ways, but divided in the way in which Farrell should be dealt with.
This is an excellent thriller which is as emotional as it is brutal, and has some very powerful performances from the lead actors.
P&G is a NYPD internal affairs cop shakedown, which gets all the right ingredients and produces a decent entertaining show. Its largely let down though by its run time and period where it seems to plod along at a all too steady slow pace.
Norton is usual top guy, Farrell is good (playing a bad guy role) and John Voight dips in and out in a fair fashion too.
I would reccommend it, but I think its been done elsewhere in a shorter and more entertaining ammount of time. This film could do abit more to address the point of why the cops were involved in the activites they were up to other than the greed it presents to us as the sole motivation.
Probably the best internal affairs cop film I can think of was Training Day, I really enjoyed that - its a slightly different kettle of fish.
This is a great movie about the dark side of the NYPD where corruption and murder are just a way of earning an extra few Dollars. The cast is great Colin Farrell gives a worthy performance as the police officer and family man who has some very dark and terrible secrets. Edward Norton as he always does give an amazing performance as the the cop from a family of cops who has to solve the murder of several cops, only to find that all the leads and evidence points back to his own off duty life and family. The other great actor here is Jon Voight who plays the father and commanding officer who is at all costs trying to hold his family together while keeping the honour of the NYPD intact.
I really like this film, it's dark, complex and gritty, it reminds me of a documentary I saw not so long ago about corruption in the NYPD during the 80s were cops where working with mobsters or just out there doing their own thing. I you're looking for a film that will make you sit up and think then this is definitely for you.
This one slots into the spectrum of films like "Serpico" and "16 Blocks", in which a moral cop has to choose between loyalty and law. What's original in this scenario is the knotted family ties in amongst the corruption. This leads to genuinely difficult emotional and moral dilemmas: if doing the 'right' thing will destroy your family and achieve nothing, is it still the 'right' thing? How did everyone involved slide into this godawful mess?
The story is complex and the script and direction sharp, providing a hinterland behind each character even as it dances from crisis to crisis. Committed performances from Jon Voight, Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Noah Emmerich add gravitas. It's a messy situation but a solid and impressive drama. (Not a popcorn action flick though, if that's what you're after.)