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Training Day 2001

Veteran narcotics officer Alonzo Harris has been tasked with training rookie cop Jake Hoyt to become a detective. However, it quickly becomes clear to the young cop that Alonzo does not always operate within the law - but should he risk his future career for the sake of telling the truth?

Starring:
Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke
Runtime:
1 hour, 57 minutes

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Genres Drama, Crime
Director Antoine Fuqua
Starring Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke
Supporting actors Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger, Harris Yulin, Raymond J. Barry, Cliff Curtis, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray, Charlotte Ayanna, Eva Mendes, Nick Chinlund, Jaime Gomez, Raymond Cruz, Noel Gugliemi, Samantha Esteban, Richard Browner, Ronald Ellis, William English
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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Format: DVD
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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Format: 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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Format: DVD
"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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By J. E. Parry VINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
What a film!! I wont go in-depth and explain the whole film as many have, but if you like your classic good cop bad cop films this is for you. Denzel puts in another stunning performance, matched by Ethan who is steadily good in all his films. The up-scaling to HD is perfect making a crisp clear picture and sound.
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Format: Blu-ray
*** 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.
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