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Gritty, depressing police drama
on 25 March 2009
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.