"I don't want God's forgiveness.... I want his help."Many see police officers as the superheroes of the streets; others seem them as "pigs." But in Brooklyn's Finest, director Antoine Fuqua goes beyond the badge to show us an intimate look at officers in the burrough of Brooklyn in New York City. Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke star as cops who've reached the breaking point in their careers. Gere plays Eddie, a veteran cop with one week left on the job until he retires. After serving twenty two years in the field, he has nothing to show for it but a bad attitude, a mediocre pension, and a badge that looks like it's been through it all. Cheadle plays Tango, an undercover cop so deep into the game he's completely lost hold of his life. And Hawke plays the trigger-happy Sal, a cop whose expanding family has left him desperate, frustrated and decayed on the job. Each officer wants nothing more to have back their peace of minds. But they soon learn, sometimes too late, that becoming a cop means surrendering to the game--mind, body and soul.
Each actor, including Wesley Snipes as a fresh-out-of-jail ex-con, gives one of their grittiest performances in this gripping cop drama reminiscent of 2006's The Departed and 1991's New Jack City.
Reel Talk rating: A