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A powerhouse performance by Denzel Washington fuels this brutal urban police drama, in which a rookie narcotics cop learns the hard way that even good cops can go very, very bad. Washington plays veteran detective Alonzo Harris, a self-proclaimed "wolf among wolves," eager to teach his rookie partner Jake (Ethan Hawke) that normal rules don't apply on the mean streets of Los Angeles. Caught in a web of deception, Jake watches with escalating horror as Alonzo uses his badge (and the support of his superiors) to justify a self-righteous policy of corruption. In stark contrast to most of his previous work, Denzel unleashes his dark side with fearlessness and fury, and the result is excellence without compromise. Director Antoine Fuqua (The Replacement Killers) won't score any points for subtlety, but gritty details (including actual L.A. gang members as extras) and Hawke's finely tuned performance are perfectly matched to Washington's frightening volatility. --Jeff Shannon
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Ethan Hawke stars as Jake Hoyt, a fresh-faced Los Angeles Police Department rookie anxious to join the elite narcotics squad headed up by 13-year veteran Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington). Harris has agreed to give Hoyt a shot at joining his team with a one-day ride-along during which Hoyt must prove his mettle. As the day wears on, however, it becomes increasingly clear to the greenhorn that his experienced mentor has blurred the line between right and wrong to an alarming degree, enforcing his own morally compromised code of ethics and street justice. As he struggles with his conscience, an increasingly alarmed Hoyt begins to suspect that he's not really being given an audition at all; he's being set up as the fall guy in an elaborate scheme. Rated: 4.5
But, if you are a fan of Director Antoine Fuqua and/or have seen TRAINING DAY this should be an easy buy, The commentary by Fuqua is a good one, informing us that the "Jungle" of rough urban, L.A neighborhoods were, basically, gang infested and almost all extras from the "jungle" lived in that neighborhood. It could be dangerous to film at night, so, Director Fuqua was assured safety by "local" boys Bone, Sniper, and Blaster.
They were true to their word.
But, check this one out (again) even if (I agree) the finale fight gets a little carried away. There are so many good scenes in this action, head games, police corruption movie. I still laugh at the 3 Wise Men 'story' about the judge hoodwinked by peanut butter; and, damn, that scene with the Latinos (Cliff Curtis, Raymond Cruz...) one of the most intense confrontations I have ever seen on film.
This is cool, (mostly) realistic, police action movie -- with that Russian back story 'hanging' over the proceedings.
For lack of a better word: Awesome.
There are also 2 music videos (Nelly and Pharoahe Monch) as well as Deleted scenes and an Alternate Ending. The alternate ending was worth thinking about.
The Making of Training Day also contains some interviews and recollections from all the main cast and crew.
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This was the most violent, horrible movie that I have ever seen.Read more