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Training Day [HD DVD]

Denzel Washington , Ethan Hawke , Antoine Fuqua    R (Restricted)   HD DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (394 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Wolf" of Action Films... July 11 2004
...is what you can call Training Day, the distrubing police epic starring Denzel Washington in an Oscar-winning performance.
Denzel stars as Alonzo, a very corrupt cop playing both sides of the law. He doesn't resort to evidence, or jurys, or interrogations. He just packs brutal violence into his brand of law-making.
Training day is about a young cop's training day, a day that will test if he is good enough material that can become an infamous narcotic officer. His mentor, and mental abuser, is Alonzo. During the day Alonzo sets Jake(Ethan Hawke)up, holds a gun to his head and forces him to use narcotics that destroy his mind, and he makes him assist in murder and robbery. Alonzo teses him, plays with his mind, and puts jake way over his boiling point.
In the end, Alonzo ditches Jake with a gang of Mexican hitmen, leaves him for dead, and goes back to his wife(Eva Mendes) and their son.
Jake finds Alonzo, chases him to a rooftop, and they battle for control over Alonzo's ground. It is a climatic battle of "mentor" and "student".
Training Day is brutal and disturbing to watch and digest. It will certainly make you think about the NARC squad, and will leave you feeling different than when you came in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ARE THERE ANY GOOD COPS OUT THERE? June 30 2004
TRAINING DAY gives Denzel Washington the chance to act his butt off, and that he does in this vile, irreprehensible film. Washington won an Oscar for his role as Alonzo, a cop gone very, very bad. Taking the stance that to fight crime, one has to be a criminal, Washington takes us through the paces of a dirty cop who will do anything to achieve his own personal agenda. What he does to the Sandman is bad enough, but how he sets up his new rookie partner, is abyssmal and out and out vile! Ethan Hawke is exceedingly good in a role that netted him an oscar nomination as the new rookie who would do anything for his new boss to assure his chances of getting detective ranking. However, as his training day goes on, Hawke realizes just how corrupt his boss is.
The film is slow in the beginning, and by the time it picks up its pace, all I wanted was to see Washington go down. Tom Berenger, Harris Yulin and Raymond J. Barry are wasted in their roles, but in the extras, we get a deleted scene that really shows what their purpose in the film was. Why it was taken out is a mystery to me. The politically correct usage of rappers Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg and the singer Macy Gray continue to show what's wrong with movies these days: go for the youth market, even though the three above mentioned performers are not actors, and they are only used to up the box office potential.
All in all, this is not what one could call an entertaining movie...it's worth lies in the searing performances of Washington and Hawke. Just once, too, wouldn't it be nice to see the corrupted cop be revealed to the public for what he was? No, again, we find Washington's death (spoiler here? Not really) eulogied as a good cop going down while trying to serve a high risk warrant. Cover up cover up.....makes one wonder if there's any cop we can trust? Come on, movie makers, let's show these guys for what they really are, not beautify their deaths. Especially when those deaths were justified!!!!!
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Back in the "go go" 1980s, during the heady era of Wall Street "greed," I read an article about a black stock broker indicted by the SEC for insider trading. It struck me that, in an odd way, this was indicative of progress for African-Americans. They had to have access to the inside in order to be indicted for it. In the old days, they never would have had those doors opened in the first place.
Which brings me to "Training Day", in which Denzel Washington delivers an astonishingly good performance as a totally corrupt and evil L.A. cop. The fact that an African-American leading man is portrayed as the "bad guy" is truly groundbreaking, and just another reason to look at this film and be in awe of it. In the same strange twist as the stock broker, here we see a black cop who has all the doors of sin open to him. Like the white cops of the Jim Crow South, he takes to corruption in a way that has no skin color. It is the story of humanity, temptation and power.
Blacks on film have for a number of years now been shown either one way or the other. There is no shortage of depictions of black drug dealers, gangbangers and "homies." Hollywood then tries to make up for it by portraying blacks as doctors, lawyers, voices of conscience or reason, and the most frequent stereotype, the "tough but fair police commander."
The negative portrayals of blacks, however, were never played by big name actors. Washington himself has built a career as a guy more or less saving the world in "Crimson Tide" and "Fallen". His flaws in "Ricochet" are brought out only by a vindictive white man (John Lithgow).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable but nearly unwatchable May 6 2004
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I'm having a very hard time deciding how to rate this film, but the four-star treatment is the result of balancing its high and low points. For instance, the overall tone of the film, with its immense amounts of violence and foul language, and completely oppressive sense of hopelessness, is not exactly my idea of a pleasurable motion picture experience. Still, considering the subject matter, it is appropriate and the filmmakers bring it across quite well.
The subject matter is the world of vice cops, and if this tale is to be believed, they're all corrupt. In fact, not only the vice cops but the heads of several major departments within the LAPD are all lost souls without redeeming graces. This is a world where evil battles evil, and the prizes are convictions in court and large amounts of cash. The only real law, however, is the law of the jungle. This is unrealistic to the point of losing its cred, and is overdone.
Denzel Washington earned his Oscar for Best Actor in portraying plainclothes narcotics officer Alonzo Harris, who has the task of training young Jake (Ethan Hawke) in the ways of the trade. Washington does an incredible job of keeping us all guessing as to Alonzo's true nature, as he neatly justifies all of his disgusting and irredeemable actions on the streets, and Jake (and we) continually have to wonder whether to go along with Alonzo or just give up and hate the man. By the time Alonzo's corruption is fully revealed, Jake, the only character in the entire film with a sense of hope, has had his hope dashed as well as us.
All this is beautifully done. Unlike at least one other reviewer here, I had no problem with the pacing, the dialogue, etc., but found the craft of filmmaking quite well done in most respects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good
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Published 21 days ago by sofienedouik
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 22 days ago by Guillaume Lemay
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite movies
I first saw Training Day a few years ago on TV somewhere and I absolutely loved it. My friend must have been one of the 5 people in the world who hadn't seen this movie so I just... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lorna Lis
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite cop movie
I love Training Day and I don't even know why. I don't really like cop movies a lot. However I do find the gangs of LA fascinating and this movie was as authentic as it gets. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2011 by LeBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars what is not too like?
Well we start off with some funny lines and jokes from Denzel and then it heads in to a really serious Twisted cop, wuss cop movie. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2008 by action_comedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Denzel at his best
This movie potrayed Denzel Washington doing one of his best performances as dirty L.A.P.D narcotics detective Alonzo Harris. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2008 by Philneia Timmons
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD COP...BAD COP...ACTION THRILLER...
This is a crisp, action thriller that focuses on one day, the training day of rookie narcotics undercover cop Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke). Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2007 by Lawyeraau
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie Ever Made
This is my favoutite movie of all time. Denzle Washington is a brilliant actor but it showed better than ever in this one.
Published on Dec 4 2004 by Hip-Hop Head
1.0 out of 5 stars I hated this movie
I first of all am not a Denzel Washington fan. So my review is a little biase in the sense that I went in thinking this movie was going to be bad....and boy was it. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by Kamille Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall Good
The acting is supurb by all, especially Denzel. I had some qualms about the type of character he played in order to get the statue, but actually seeing the movie put all that on... Read more
Published on July 10 2004
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