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Wick's Review

Created Jul 05, 2010 02:04AM PST • Edited May 16, 2023 11:47PM PST

  1. Quality
  2. Perfect 5.0

    Training Day is a perfect bad-cop movie, with a towering performance from Denzel, all in as the baddest man to ever carry a shield. Supported by several stellar actors in juicy parts, perfectly directed by Antoine Fuqua from martial specialist David Ayer’s knowing script, Training Day unspools macho declamatory exhortations ad nauseam, many delivered by D. Washington in one of Hollywood’s greatest performances.

    The Academy recognized this, awarding Big D his first and so far only Best Actor Oscar, his previous Academy Award being for his inimitable supporting role in Glory. That a role of such surpassing badness led to him becoming only the second black man to win the Best Actor Oscar1 makes the whole thing racially Shakespearean. Then, this is Hollywood…

    Hollywood is more about engaging than uplifting. Bad guys – intrinsically interesting – are engaging as hell from the safety of a darkened theater. Ain’t right but it’s true. Engaging the audience in the illusion of visible truth is Hollywood’s raison d’ĂȘtre. That and selling tickets. Training Day does both: creates a tremendously engaging illusion of truth and succeeds as commercial catnip.

    1 Sydney Poitier was the first.

  3. Really Great 4.5

    Magnum tour de force from Denzel Washington as Alonzo Harris, Detective “Go to jail or go home” himself, a man so good at his high cash flow business that he went off the deep end – still holding it together. Not many actors could pull off this kind of serious shit. Denzel won an Oscar for it.

    Damn right. The actor who made us love him by playing heroes plays a fantasy dogg. I call him a dogg. So does he. He also calls it the N word, but I don’t play that shit.

    Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre are entirely in place here, illin’ in the hood.

    Proven tough guys Scott Glenn and Tom Berenger toughen up any movie. Fit right in here.

    What about Ethan Hawke? Got an Oscar nom out of his young and oh-so-put-upon hero cop. This actor – with every bit the talent and looks of Tom Cruise – operates here mostly as deluded wingman. Credibly so. Strong safety in high school, we’re informed, he handles himself like a DB cop, backpedaling mostly, laying the wood when the time comes – playing defense.

    Trio of other notables.

    • Eva Mendes, young and in lingerie, one of her few lines something unintelligible after she apparently services Denzel.
    • Harris Yulin, villainous character actor. 24’s Roger Stanton chews a line like most guys chew a New York Strip.
    • Raymond J. Barry, now being seen as Arlo Givens, senior crime baron to Timothy Olyphant’s Marshal Raylan Givens on the terrific new series Justified.
  4. Male Stars Perfect 5.0

    Best Actor, thy name is Denzel Washington.

  5. Female Stars Great 4.0
  6. Female Costars Great 4.0
  7. Male Costars Perfect 5.0
  8. Really Great 4.5

    Perfectly directed by Antoine Fuqua, who has never again come close to directing anything nearly as well. Of course, that is a tall order.

  9. Direction Perfect 5.0
  10. Play Great 4.0
  11. Music Perfect 5.0
  12. Visuals Perfect 5.0

    How ’bout that Monte Carlo… though the whole “going up” thing shown in the WikChip is silly.

  13. Content
  14. Sordid 3.4

    Vile, brutal & titillating, in descending degree of edginess. Hide the ladies and children. We’re talking some nasty shit here.

  15. Sex Titillating 2.0
  16. Violence Brutal 3.5
  17. Rudeness Vile 4.8
  18. Surreal 2.1

    The story achieves a crazy nihilistic suspension of disbelief only because of the insidious effects – money and desperation – of drug commerce. Watching this, I couldn’t help thinking about what’s going on in Mexico right about now. That much nasty money makes all kinds of shit go down.

  19. Circumstantial Surreal 2.2
  20. Biological Surreal 2.7
  21. Physical Glib 1.4


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Jul 6, 2010 9:39PM

Speaking of bad cops, I just saw Crash the other day and I thought it was phenomenal. I may have to review it.

Jul 5, 2010 7:49PM

Yeah, if you like movies about cops gone bad, this one pegs the meter.

Jul 5, 2010 7:02PM

Regarding Wick’s Review
Hm, I actually saw a bit of Training Day on HBO the other day and thought “This looks interesting”. But now that I’ve read your review, Wick, I really wanna see it.