Warner/Village Roadshow/NPV/Outlaw (Jeffrey Silver &
W: David Ayer
DP: Mauro Fiore
Ed: Conrad Buff
Mus: Mark Mancina
Denzel Washington (Alonzo
Harris), Ethan Hawke (Jake Hoyt), Scott Glenn (Roger), Tom Berenger (Stan Gursky), Harris Yulin (Doug Rosselli), Raymond J. Barry (Lou Jacobs), Cliff Curtis (Smiley), Dr. Dre
(Paul), Snoop Dogg (Blue)
Much was made of Denzel Washington's performance against
type, which saw the actor win a Best Actor Oscar. In fairness, just as much credit is due to Ethan Hawke's supporting performance as rookie detective Jake Hoyt, whose first day as a member of
an elite narcotics unit is spent being set up for a fall when if emerges that his superior officer, Detective Alonzo Harris (Washington), is corrupt.
The build up is fraught with tension as well as convincing
performances, only to fall short with it's underwhelming ending which sees Harris launch into a foul-mouthed tirade before getting his dues.
Despite it's disappointing finale, it's well worth a watch
just to see two great performances.