Brooklyn's Finest (2010) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Crime / Drama
Anchor Bay || R - 132 minutes - $39.98 || July 6, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-06-30


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writer(s): Michael C. Martin (written by)
Cast: Richard Gere, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke


Theatrical Release Date: March 10, 2010


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 5 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (PCM 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Normally when a movie flops at the box-office I loathe having to review it in a few months when it hits my doorstep. Brooklynís Finest was one of those films, that is, until I watched it. This is by far one of the best police officer films of this decade and one that you need to see in your lifetime. The acting is top-notch, the story full of twists and turns, and the ending had me enthralled.

There are three separate stories encased within the film, each involving one of the main actors and their problems.

Sal (Ethan Hawke) is a cop struggling to make ends meet with a wife and five kids. He ruthlessly kills Carlo (Vincent DíOnofrio) for some money that Carlo had, and plans to buy a house with the money but he doesnít have enough. He works on the force as part of the S.W.A.T invasion team and robs the gang members of their dough during their busts. Salís wife becomes ill from the mold found within the house and he becomes forced to set in motion a series of events that not only affects his life but also the other cops at the precinct.

Eddie (Richard Gere) is an old cop who is only a week away from retirement. He spends his last week on the force visiting a hooker after work and taking it easy. Heís forced to by his boss to help train a rookie but he intentionally fails at the job and is chastised by his peers for it. Eddie finds nothing to do with the last few days of his life and decides that thereís not really much worth living for at this point in his life, that is, until he witnesses an abduction of a female and does nothing about it. He sees the missing poster the next day and realizes that maybe something should be done with his last few days and just maybe he can change for the better.

Finally, Tango (Don Cheadle) is an undercover police officer who is completely deep into the gang territory. He works with Caz (Wesley Snipes) who deals with delivering drugs and other items to local gang members and making some easy cash. Tango meets with his boss and wants out of the picture, as though everyday heís risking his life and is in deep trouble if his cover gets blown. His marriage is in shambles and the F.B.I. wonít pull him out of the situation as though they want to get Caz once and for all. Tango isnít the dirtiest of the officers available here in the story arc but he sets out on a path for revenge that may ultimately lead to his own demise if heís not careful.

The best part about this movie is that the film is incredibly unpredictable. Normally, if youíve ever read any of my reviews, I state that I had seen the ending coming a mile away. Here, instead, I was surprised at the twists and turns available and the ending is one of the best Iíve honestly ever seen in a film in my lifetime. It truly has a great a message to it (one that is explained in the commentary) and one that I hope everyone who sees the movie understands. The reason this is such a great movie though, including the writing, is due to the amazing cast found within the flick.

Gere, Cheadle, Hawke, and Snipes are all amazing in their own right. Gere completely nailed the old cop who hates his life, Cheadle and Snipes are great in their respective roles as gang-bangers, and Hawke is simply amazing with his dirty cop routine. Granted, theyíve all played somewhat similar roles in the past but man they really nail them here. The acting here is honestly Oscar worthy and I hope that later on down the road they get nominated for their roles. They make every scene memorable and even after watching the movie twice I still want to watch it again.

The lone complaint I have is that the film does run a little long for my taste. Clocking in at well-over two-hours long this is a fairly engrossing film. However, I will say that I didnít notice the long runtime as though I was captivated by the movie and didnít check my cell phone once for the time and nor did I care.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Antoine Fuqua: Fuqua tries his best at a solo commentary, but he fails pretty miserably. I found myself to be quite bored most of the time, as though he pauses after nearly every statement that somewhat became funny and easy to imitate to myself with friends. He points out some great behind the scenes things with the cast and also explains the characters in detail, so if you enjoy those types of things then this is a great commentary if you can get past the ho-hum monotone voice he talks with the entire time.

Chaos & Conflict (7 minutes): The life of a cop is chronicled, similar to that of the way it is in the movie. I enjoyed this segment the most out of the following segments and I strongly suggest a viewing.

Boyz N the Real Hood (6 minutes): The crew talk about the location where they filmed it and how everything shot for the movie in terms of ambience and crew were actually real. Thereís some foul language here, so if you have kids Iíd suggest waiting until they go to bed to view.

An Eye For Detail (7 minutes): The director is discussed and the crew talks about him in a positive light in terms of the movie. This is the only extra I found to be useless and it can be skipped.

From the MTA to the WGA (5 minutes): The writer is profiled and how he came up with the idea for the movie and how it relates to what heís seen in his life. This is a cool interesting segment but it runs too short.

Three Cops and a Dealer (8 minutes): The story is detailed by the cast and explained in case you somehow didnít pick up on what was really going on with the film while it played. I loved hearing the cast explain the basic look of the movie (it really is about three cops and a drug dealer, just much deeper than that) and this is a fantastic extra.

Deleted Scenes (31 minutes): I had to check the timer on my PS3 to make sure it was right, but dang there are over thirty minutes worth of deleted scenes for you to enjoy. My one complaint about the film was the length, and here there are numerous scenes and most are great to watch. They provide some background into the characters and a few of them are extended/alternate scenes from the film itself.

** BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES **

The only Blu-Ray exclusive to be found here is a Digital Copy that works with iTunes.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Iíve noted in my past few reviews of Anchor Bay titles that they really have stepped it up for their new releases after years of them being mediocre. Thankfully, this is another great transfer from the studio and has restored my faith in the fact that studios can change for the better. Colors are drowned out again, as in previous releases as well, but yet again here itís a welcome change to the normally bright and vibrant colors Iím used to seeing. This is such a dark and dreary film that vibrant colors wouldnít do the film justice and the lack of a defined color really helps out the tone of the film. However, grain and noise are a bit of a problem in the majority of night scenes and (yet again, similar to past releases) a problem that the studio needs to work on a little bit.

I listened to both the PCM 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 track and clearly the PCM track is the winner. The audio here is loud for the amazing action sequences involving guns but struggles with the dialogue levels almost the entire movie. I constantly had to tweak the audio levels every few minutes as though they were insanely loud for the shooting portions and then softer for dialogue. I understand that balancing is a major issue for some people, as it is me, and this is one that I had to knock off points for as though it was a pretty big problem here. If they could get some better leveling and balancing then the studio is going to be in better shape for the rest of the year.



.::OVERALL::.

Brooklynís Finest is truly a rarity in cop movies these days. The cast is phenomenal and in all honesty Iím hoping they receive some awards later this year, and if they donít, that truly is a crime. The technical package is excellent and along with some great extras for you to view, this is one of the finest Blu-Rays Iíve reviewed in quite some time. This is definitely worth a purchase day one.