Pride and Glory
Two of the many cop films that involve honor, loyalty and corruption are, The Departed and We Own The Night. Moviegoers will enjoy more of the same in the crime-drama, Pride and Glory. Ray Tierney (Edward Norton) is a police officer working in the missing persons division of the New York Police Department and his brother, Francis Tierney Jr. (Noah Emmerich) is a respected commanding officer in the same department. When four cops are killed in a failed drug bust their father Francis Tierney, Sr. (Jon Voight) who is Chief of Detectives, asks Ray to investigate the murders. After digging into the case Ray discovers that corruption in the police department points to some of the officers under his brother’s command. Even worse his brother-in-law, another officer named Jimmy Egan (Colin Farrell) is at the center of the investigation because he tries to keep order at any price. At one point, he threatens to burn the feet of a perpetrators baby with a clothes iron. Eventually, the elder Francis tells Ray to leave things alone to save the department embarrassment and keep the family from being torn apart. Although the performances of the entire cast were excellent, Norton and Farrell were superb. The directing by Gavin O’Connor is also outstanding but the script resembled many of the stereotypical police films made today. Cops are shown standing around yelling with Brooklyn accents using language that’s so filthy even the crooks are offended. This film was so well made that I was willing to overlook all of the police clichés until I was subjected to the ridiculous ending. (If I could’ve found the door I’d have left the theater 10 minutes early.) In fact, because of the ending, I can’t give this film anything higher then a C+ rating.
This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA
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