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Training Day October 10, 2006

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

The first few reels of this movie gave me the impression that this is another of those follow-the-rules cop vs street smart cop stuff but it turns out to be more than that. Ethan Hawke plays a rookie cop who wants to get into the narcotics division, for which he has to train for a day under Denzel Washington. The movie revolves around these two and the events surrounding them during this “Training Day”. Hawke’s initial pursuits with Washington make him wary of the “street justice” he’s is being taught but little does he realize that while all this is happening he is also being setup by Washington to get out of a big mess he is in. You should watch the movie to find out how the day ultimately ends.

The biggest draw of this flick is Denzel Washington who moves aways from his usual goody-goody roles to play the role of a bad cop with style….for which he received an Oscar too. Ethan Hawke fits the role of a trainee cop perfectly. Most of the movie involves interactions between these two characters which keep the interest level high. The moral ambiguity of Washington’s character also comes out well. This would definitely be one of the superior cop dramas I’ve seen…though it is serious it does have enough entertainment and thrills to keep a casual viewer happy.


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