This movie is a city cop drama about three cops whose lives are falling apart in different ways. Richard Gere plays the role of a cop who has seven days left before his pension is released and he retires from duty. He just wants to get through his final days and refuses to go beyond the call of duty. Ethan Hawke is a narcotics cop who is looking to score some drug money so he can move his asthmatic wife out of their mould-infested house. Don Cheadle plays an undercover cop involved in the drug game in the inner city of Brooklyn, where when his old friend (Wesley Snipes) reappears after years of being jailed, Cheadle is offered the chance to turn him in for a detective desk job. Towards the end these three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the location .
Throughout the movie you wish they would meet a bit earlier but that doesn’t happen. They take their separate routes to ruin, occasionally crossing paths without acknowledging one another.The ending is very disappointing and tragic. Definitely not a movie that portrays cops in a very good way. However all their illegal acts have been perfectly justified throughout the movie and at times you even forget they are cops.
Don Cheadle’s acting is amazing. He fits perfectly into the role. Richard Gere is disappointing and Ethan Hawke’s face is always a picture of sorrow. He tries too hard to be sad. The movie moves at a very sluggish pace and in the last fifteen minutes everything just crumbles apart. Overall this is a disappointment and can be given a miss.
Det. Sal Procida: What happened to the cops?
Carlo: Nothin. They were were right even though they were wrong. And I was wrong only because that I was right. Ya see? You get that now. You get that, right?
Det. Sal Procida, Carlo: Righta and wronga.