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Can't believe it's been 14 years since this came out wow time flies.
Denzel, need i say more?
brilliant movie, watched it about 15 times, never gets old,
Not cool as i expected !! overall 4.5/10 !

Synopsis: A new cop is assigned to a veteran rogue cop who isn't afraid to cross the line to get what he wants.

When it came out in the theaters it didn't look thrilling but I saw it because Denzel won an Oscar for it. I agree that he did a great job. I think Denzel Washington usually plays the same character no matter what movie he is in so it was nice to see him playing something different. He was a charming, bad guy. I thought Ethan Hawke was fine and I guess I can finally quit thinking of him as the slacker kid from Reality Bites.

Other than good acting, the story wasn't very exciting. He's a bad cop. So? It has to be more entertaining than that. It was like we were watching the same scene over and over again. Alonzo tells Jake to do something against the law, Jake says no, he finally says yes and they repeat that until the very end of the movie.

I did like that Smiley didn't ever smile. And Macy Gray is insane since I don't think she was acting since I've seen her do that in when she isn't "in character".
Digital cable rocks and so does this movie. The end
Denzel Washington mugs it up for the camera as a corrupt (with a capital C) narcotics officer who shows the ropes to an idealistic young newcomer (played by Ethan Hawke). The film, which attempts a sort of Scorsese-style gritty realism, is pretty much ludicrous from the get-go, but at least it is mildly entertaining. Washington and Hawke do have some chemistry, and while Washington is certainly over-the-top in his crazy bravado, it's difficult to turn away from him when he is on the screen. The director, Antoine Fuqua, manages to keep the tension high in almost every scene, none more so than a scene in which Hawke finds himself abandoned by Washington in a rather unfriendly house. While the first half of the film is preposterous yet enjoyable in all of its excesses, the second half is just preposterous. What began as an interesting study of corruption turns into a cliche good-guy/bad-guy confrontation...complete with monster-movie cliches of the bad guy screaming and jumping out of unexpected places. Why create interesting characters only to place them in this drivel? It's a disappointing compromise, because Training Day, while never having greatness or profundity within its reach, certainly had the potential to be a half-enjoyable popcorn flick with two engaging lead performers.

Have I already mentioned I like gangster and cop movies? Yes, this one is a great cop film. Really great.
Great cop thriller. Not as good as last year's Narc, but still good nonetheless.

Washington is superb at playing a character you love to hate.
Very good.
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