21 Bridges

21 Bridges (2019)
★★ / ★★★★

Although occasionally entertaining mainly because of its A-list cast, “21 Bridges” is just another cop movie that attempts to say something about corruption within the police force, but it is not written deeply enough to garner serious thought or consideration. Chadwick Boseman stars as Detective Davis who has earned a reputation for killing “cop killers,” his anger rooted in the fact that his own father, also a cop, was murdered when he was only thirteen. Boseman welcomes the viewer to get to know the detective by playing the character as calm, patient, pragmatic; he strives to always do the right thing. Therein lies the problem: Because others around Davis are morally conflicted, even if only superficially, a case can be made that the protagonist is less interesting by comparison. His rage toward criminals is never explored, just referenced upon. At least the extended chase sequences are choreographed with some energy. I enjoyed the shootouts between between Detectives Davis and Burns (Sienna Miller) and the former war veterans turned criminals (Taylor Kitsch, Stephan James) whose late-night heist did not go according to plan. Directed by Brian Kirk. Screenplay by Adam Mervis and Matthew Michael Carnahan.

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