I loved the nihilism and bleakness of this cursed tale. There are echoes of "Traning Day" (Fuqua's best effort to date - and look what happened to Ethan Hawke), Kitano, and even "Bad Lieutenant" (Ferrara's). Brutal, hopeless, grandiose in its negativity. We're all corrupted. We're all going to die. And we will all burn in hell. I respect and admire Fuqua for his honesty, courage and bravery.
After Training Day it's gotta be hard to make a new film that will come close to the perfection that it was, but this was a tight thriller and I enjoyed it more than I thought. Nice to see Wesley back in form too and not making a direct to DVD feature.
A film with much to be desired in terms of artistic merit -- be that as it may, did anybody else find the last shot of the film (a still-shot of a close-up on Gere) to be evocative of Truffaut's 'The 400 Blows'?
The only reason to see this film is the great cast,who try hard to find depth in stereotypical roles.
But they get no help from a director,who thinks the way to move the story along is by showing blood in nearly every frame.
Brutal,depressing,not for everyone.
I like Antoine Fuqua a lot. I think he has a great eye and can tell a good story. My problem with this film is the sheer lunacy of the final act. All these random stories would actually be better if they weren't connected in any way.