18 May, 2021

Training Day

Hardboiled Hollywood at its best, searching for an innovative ending. In vain.

Training Day
Starring: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Rating: ***

Sissy Indian audiences are advised to stay out—this is hardboiled Hollywood at its best. The story reads more like a process—detective Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) takes Jake (Ethan Hawke), his rookie partner, on a training day schedule in downtown LA. Jake is as far as an idealist can get in today's world—he has a wife, kid and the regular what is good/bad sense.

Harris makes him dope, flout rules, stretch morals and test nerves. Despite being suspicious of his black superior's motives, Jake goes along with the game. For him it is a rite of passage—the mean streets, which suddenly explode with violence, the narrow lanes where rape is always round the corner, the deceptive rooms where 'innocent' men and women turn up, suddenly, with a death wish.

This hideous, fascinating world passes by Jake in a haze. Director Antoine Fuqua creates a cinematic metaphor out of his protagonist's 'high' mental state by...

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