In one of New York’s most dangerous precincts we follow three cops. Eddie has been on the force for 22 years and is only a week away from retirement. All this time he’s managed to stay out of trouble by not getting involved, but maybe the upcoming events can fire off a spark in him still. Tango is an undercover cop who’s been acting as a criminal for so long that he’s fearing that he may lose his real life. Meanwhile, his friend Caz gets released out of jail and plans to go straight, but the FBI is pushing Tango to set him up in exchange for getting that promotion he’s wanted so he can leave his undercover work.
Finally there’s Sal, a narcotics cop who is in dire need for cash as he wants to move his family to a new house that would greatly improve their health.
As the days pass, will any of these three see their wishes fulfilled?
Sound and Vision:
The image quality of this Blu-ray is overall pretty good but some soft moments and banding in a couple of over-saturated scenes keep it from being reference material. The amount of detail is very high, the contrast good, and the colors are natural though so all in all a good transfer.
The soundtrack has some issues with positioning and sound level of the environment sounds (background chatter for instance) here and there in the surround channels which is strange as it’s been a while we’ve heard such a mistake. Other than that we get reasonably good quality with clear voices and good support from the subwoofer.
– Feature: Behind the Badge
– Behind the Scenes
– Cast & crew interviews
Antoine Fuqua, director of Training Day, delivers with Brooklyn’s Finest a cop story that runs on emotion and the feeling of lingering doom. Throughout the time you follow these people you constantly have the idea something bad is about to happen, but Fuqua nicely keeps you longing for that until the end.
Brooklyn’s Finest has a cast that does a terrific job, the stories as such are really great, and the way things are filmed with pending doom constantly around the corner is exactly how it should be, but still… there’s something missing to make this movie truly awesome and I can’t really explain what. Maybe it’s the fact that although everything is nicely set up, the characters seem to be puppets set up to do the things they do at the same time in the end. All in all, we would strongly suggest to give this one a rent at least to see how you feel about it. Personally I like it quite a lot, but it barely didn’t make my list of favorites.
On the technical side the sound could have had better positioning of the surround channels, but the image quality is quite decent. The extras are a bit the standard package we usually get from Dutch Filmworks.