Training Day

Training Day

Antoine Fuqua (2001)

117min
18 Certificate
Mon 1 Aug 9:55pm - 12am Sky Cinema Select
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Our Score
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 clich├ęs, this doesn't blunt the effect of persuasive work from all concerned.

Summary

A cop embarks on his first day in narcotics, partnering a seasoned officer whose willingness to flout the rules forces him to question everything he has learnt. As they resort to extreme measures to crack a case, the rookie is left battling his conscience in a dangerous situation. Thriller, starring Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn and Tom Berenger.

Cast & Crew

Alonzo Harris Denzel Washington
Jake Hoyt Ethan Hawke
Roger Scott Glenn
Stan Gursky Tom Berenger
Doug Rosselli Harris Yulin
Lou Jacobs Raymond J Barry
Smiley Cliff Curtis
Paul Dr Dre
Blue Snoop Dogg
Sandman's wife Macy Gray
Director Antoine Fuqua
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Guidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse and brief nudity. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 1 Feb 2002

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