Training Day (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5

USA/Australia, 2001.   Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Outlaw Productions, WV Films II.   Screenplay by .   Cinematography by .   Produced by .   Music by .   Production Design by .   Costume Design by .   Film Editing by .   

Exciting cop drama forgoes solid plot in favour of focusing on the irresistible personalities of its two leads. Ethan Hawke is superb as a rookie narc whose first day on the job has him working with his new superior officer (Denzel Washington), a fast-talking, slick-as-snot undercover cop who believes that to get the bad guys you gotta be a bad guy yourself (and boy is he bad). You never get the impression that the film knows where it wants to go next, but the sharp photography, high-octane direction and Washington’s mesmerizing, Oscar-winning performance make you sure that you don’t want to miss a second of it either.

Academy AwardBest Actor (Denzel Washington)
Nomination:  Best Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke)

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actor-Drama (Denzel Washington)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations:  Best Actor (Denzel Washington); Best Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawkes)

Toronto International Film Festival:  2001

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