"An action packed, roller coaster ride of a movie."
TRAINING DAY embodies all that an action movie should. First, it keeps you guessing at every turn. Second, it has a good guy and a bad guy, which means you are genuinely rooting for him to win in the end. Third, it has themes that weave in and out through the whole movie. Fourth and finally, it has and ending that will blow your socks off.The director, Antoine Fuqua does a dynamite job in this behind the scenes look at a Undercover Narcotics officer's first day -- his Training Day -- hence the title. Fuqua previously directed The Replacement Killers, music videos for Arrested Development, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Toni Braxton, Pras, Usher, and Heavy D & the Boyz, as well as numerous commercials. I am also happy to note Fuqua orginally hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [that's near me!]. But enough background, on with the review.
The movie's tagline states the following: The only thing more dangerous than the line being crossed, is the cop who will cross it.
The movie follows Jake Hoyt [Ethan Hawke], a young police officer whose dream job is to become a member of the elite Los Angeles narcotics team. Hoyt's firet day turns into a nightmare when his training officer Alonzo Harris [Denzel Washington] turns out to be corrupt. As the day unfolds, Hoyt is exposed to corruption at all levels. He is forced to smoke PCP, and is set up for murder. All of the events are orchestrated by Harris to cover for a mistake he made with the Russian mafia. To fix this mistake and avoid an untimely death Harris has to deliver a large sum of money by midnight.
Washington and Hawke are a fabulous tag team duo. They continually spar [vebally and physically] through out the movie and just when you think you know who is ahead in the game, something happens to completely switch it around.
Macy Gray and Snoop Dog have bit parts that help to round out the cast.
Already there has been Oscar talk for Washington. Will it or won't it happen, we'll soon see.All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what happened next. I'm glad I checked this flick out and I hope you will too; you won't be disappointed.