Training Day

  • 18
  • Antoine Fuqua (2001)
  • US / Aus
  • 117 min
Training Day
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Arguably the edgiest and most pessimistic release from a major Hollywood studio since Fight Club, this is a powerful anti-buddy movie set on the mean streets of LA. Looking to join an elite narcotics squad, rookie cop Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) is teamed with the unit's swaggering, streetwise commander Sergeant Alonzo Harris (the Oscar-winning Denzel Washington) for an educational 24 hours during which he will be expected to prove his mettle. But Harris is a seasoned veteran who doesn't play by anything even resembling the rules and, as it soon transpires, doesn't just enforce the law but considers himself above it. Directed with style and snap by Antoine Fuqua (whose empty-headed Replacement Killers did not suggest such storytelling assurance) and anchored by highly credible characterisations from its two stars, this striking thriller paints a dark-hued portrait of LA law enforcement. Although it's disappointing that the script finally succumbs to a clutch of cop clichés, this doesn't blunt the effect of persuasive work from all concerned.

Plot Summary

Police drama starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. Idealistic rookie cop Jake Hoyt is given the opportunity of trying out with an elite Los Angeles undercover narcotics squad. Hoyt joins Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris for a day working the streets, but quickly realises that his superior's approach to law enforcement is not strictly by the book.

Cast and crew


Alonzo Harris
Denzel Washington
Jake Hoyt
Ethan Hawke
Scott Glenn
Stan Gursky
Tom Berenger
Doug Rosselli
Harris Yulin
Lou Jacobs
Raymond J Barry
Cliff Curtis
Dr Dre
Snoop Dogg
Sandman's wife
Macy Gray


Antoine Fuqua

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Violence, swearing, drug abuse and brief nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 1 Feb 2002
Certificate 18