Training Day is one of those movies that I have seen countless times. Although I have seen it during my “formative” years, it stood the test of time. Featuring almost a noir vibe, this movie has something magical about it. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter) and written by David Ayer, this is the first part in his police pentalogy. Here’s the list, so if you’re looking for something to watch after this masterpiece check out: Dark Blue, S.W.A.T., Harsh Times and finally End of Watch. Of course, after you had enough, you can always switch to undercover cop movies. To say that Training Day is about something else than Alonzo would be false. Sure, this is the mother-load of all bad policeman and apprentice movies.training_day_ver1 Well, apart from Bad Lieutenant, he was really bad.

So Ethan Hawke is a young police man and he gets to spend one day with Alonzo (Denzel Washington) head of a special task force in police. Alonzo is a very memorable personality, full of street knowledge and good connections, he slowly draws the rookie into a web of crime, murder and blood money. It is so exciting to watch how Denzel brought to life Alonzo, with authority and ease. He still maintains that that Detective Alonzo Harris is his favorite character that he’s played. There is not a bad part or an actor that did his job wrong, from Roger to Smiley, everyone was excellent. The story unfolds in a span of 24 hours, so this another thing that just draws you in this strange world. Not a word more, just watch this masterpiece, and enjoy.

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Cast: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger, Cliff Curtis, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray, Eva Mendes

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Fun Facts: Tobey Maguire was seriously considered for the part of Officer Jack Hoyt. He even followed Undercover Narcotics officers in Los Angeles for two months and gained pounds for the role. He was dropped when Ethan Hawke, Fuqua’s first choice, was finally available for the shooting schedule.


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