TRAINING DAY (2001 U.S.) D: ANTOINE FUQUA W: DAVID AYER P: ROBERT F. NEWMYER/JEFFREY SILVER
L.A.P.D. cop Ethan Hawke has to prove himself to unorthodox, hard-nosed streetwise narcotics division leader Denzel Washington (who overacts) over a period of 24 hours so he can get on his squad. This long (2 hour) thriller takes a look at the gritty, crime-ridden underbelly of L.A. and major police corruption. It's good, with Fuqua's slick music video style complimenting U-571 writer Ayer's script, but don't expect the masterpiece you may have heard it is. With Tom Berenger, Scott Glenn, Harris Yulin, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Raymond J. Barry, Cliff Curtis, Macy Gray, Eva Mendes, Nick Chinlund, Raymond Cruz, Samantha Becker, Terry Crews and an uncredited Peter Greene.

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