“Four New York City cops are dead, killed in an ambush that has the entire police department on alert and on edge. With a cop killer on the loose and so much riding on the case, Chief of Manhattan Detectives Francis Tierney, Sr. asks his son, Detective Ray Tierney, to lead the investigation. Reluctantly Ray takes over the case knowing the cops who were lost had served under his brother, Francis Tierney, Jr., and alongside his brother-in-law, Jimmy Egan. On the surface, it looked like a routine drug bust gone terribly, tragically wrong. But as Ray delves deeper into the case, he realizes someone had to have tipped off the drug dealers that the cops were coming. Someone on the inside. Worse, the evidence starts to point in an unthinkable direction: to his own brother and brother-in-law. As the questions mount, the case forces the family to choose between their loyalties to one another and their loyalties to the department.”
I went to watch this movie not having seen many previews or even reading a synopsis of it before hand, so honestly wasn’t sure what I was actually “seeing”. I knew it was a movie about cops that had Collin Farrel and Ed Norton in it…that alone was enough for me to want to see it.
The plot of the movie, I thought, was well done. The struggle between good and evil was not just within the police department itself, however, within a family as well. This made the outcome of the movie interesting, not as predictable as one might think it would go. There were some lull points in the movie at which I lost a bit of interest…some scenes in which I didn’t feel were needed and didn’t really help the story along much, although the film was still put together well. Not many twists or turns as I thought would have been involved…the story and plot are pretty much laid out in the open for you, so not much came as unexpected.
Not many visual type effects were warranted in this movie…also some scenes could have been viewed by others as “graphic” in nature (without giving some away). Found it was amusing at the end of the movie they placed a disclaimer about none of the actual names or places were used in the making of the film and that any similarities were merely coincidental…haha…everyone knows there are corrupt cops in New York…good attempt at hiding it though, kudos.
The acting, I felt, was very well done…with a strong cast of actors (Ed Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight) I was left with no disappointments. Jon Voight did a stupendous job at playing a drunk in one scene, very convincing…who knows, maybe some real life experience with the role or possibly really drunk when filming?
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this film…in a few words “it was pretty good”, I teetered on the edge of whether or not I’d pay a full nine/ten bucks for a ticket…but after watching it, I probably would see it during a matinee, but definitely would see it at the theatre. I’d shoot this movie about 3 martini glasses, entertained but not an epic movie by any means.
That’s my time, until next time mofo’s….See you at the movies!!