Brooklyn’s Finest (2009) – By Brian Morton

When Brooklyn’s Finest hit theatres last March, it was greeted with a less then enthusiastic response. But look at the cast, Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke and Don Cheadle! With a cast like that, you know that the movie’s got something going for it, right? Well, this is one of those movies that really deserved a better reception than it got, it’s really an amazing little film!

Gere, Cheadle and Hawke each play cops in the same precinct in New York. Each is in a different place in life, Gere is a week from retirement and burned out on the job, Cheadle is undercover and wants his normal life back and Hawke is a family man who doesn’t make enough money and is desperate to make his family’s lives better. Each is on a different path, but those paths begin to converge as each follows his own path, they all lead to the same slum building where drugs and white slavery are the business at hand.

If I give away too much, it’s liable to ruin this cool movie for you, let me just tell you that, while each story seems independent, the way the film brings everyone together and the stories that are told are morality tales that will make you think at the end and will have you moving ever closer to the edge of your seat until, in the end, you might just fall off!

I’m giving Brooklyn’s Finest, 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s a great movie with amazing actors and a cool story that will leave you wondering what might happen next! You can grab a copy for yourself (and you really should!) by heading over to