Starring: Richard Gere, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onfario, Brian F. O’Byrne, Will Patton
Revolving around the story of three decorated NYPD officers, each having a back story to their day job. Officer Edward Dugan (Gere) has finished 22 years of service and is due to retire very soon. He is not the most respected in the department for his contributions and is only looked up because of all the time he has spent working. His morning drink is a shot of whisky and his only friend is a prostitute. Dugan has been asked to oversee and train rookie officers because of his vast experience, something he does reluctantly. Detective Clarence Butler (Cheadle) is an undercover cop who has been on the field for far too long than what he signed up for. He is finally offered a promotion and a desk job, provided he helps bust his close friend Casanova Phillips (Snipes) a known drug criminal. Detective Salvador Procida (Hawke) is an accomplished narcotics detective who has recently started pocketing drug money because he cannot run his family on his police officers salary. The movie talks about the hard life of a police officer and how long service, being undercover or just being good at your job is not enough to give a person happiness or redemption that they so earnestly seek. The movie could have brought forward this message better but eventually results in being just another cop action movie. It is a good watch though but do not expect to find something startlingly different.
Thumbs up: Good story
Thumbs down: A cops relation with their job and personal life could have been brought forward better