’21 Bridges’ Review – A Good Cast Cannot Save Another Predictable Police Film

Synopsis:

After uncovering a massive conspiracy, an embattled NYPD detective joins a citywide manhunt for two young cop killers. As the night unfolds, he soon becomes unsure of who to pursue — and who’s in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, authorities decide to take extreme measures by closing all of Manhattan’s 21 bridges to prevent the suspects from escaping.

When your father has sworn to protect others and loses his life in the line of duty, naturally you follow in his footsteps and become Black Panther. Oops, I mean a police officer. At least that’s the case for Detective Andre Davis. 21 Bridges introduces us to one of NYPD’s finest detectives, Andre Davis who works with a chip on his shoulder. This movie is what we call a “popcorn flick” but had the potential to be awesome. Instead, it ended up being a predictable, run of the mill cop movie. It started off intriguing and exciting with great sound effects and action. Eventually, things fell into place a little too easily and rapid for the main character thus becoming unsurprising. With production from Joe and Anthony Russo, Chadwick was a superhero with a badge. Every move he made was perfect and he came out of every situation unscathed. While predictable, the movie has redeeming qualities. The standoff and chase scenes are nicely executed, the sound is great, and Chadwick is phenomenal. Additionally, the subplot of the reluctant criminal on the run is what kept it interesting for me. It also adds some social commentary to how police officers feel about their job, its compensation, and the people they protect. By no means is this a terrible or boring movie, it’s just a story we’ve seen many times.

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Plot & Pace

NYPD Detective, Andre Davis is on the hunt for two cop killers but discovers there may be others he needs to hunt down as well. With a reputation of being the cop who kills cop killers, Davis has a mountain of pressure on him and not a lot of time to get the job done. Along with a partner he didn’t want, the duo skirt around a shutdown Manhattan to find the culprits. Unfortunately, during his manhunt, Davis uncovers troubling information and eventually has to “look the devil in the eye.” The movie moved almost too quickly during the first half with all clues being easily found like picking up loose change. In turn, the second half turned into a cat and mouse game with two mice and hundreds of cats. It got redundant and could’ve been more thought out and creative. It’s one of those movies that ends perfectly with a nice bow on top.

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Characters & Chemistry

Andre (Chadwick Boseman) and Frankie (Sienna Miller) have a working rigid chemistry together. He doesn’t want her there but he respects the badge therefore he respects her. She’s plays very elusive and sneaky. Boseman has an unshakable composure and an unmatched determination to do the right thing. The most intense sense scenes involve, Stephan James who plays Michael. Whether facing off with Boseman’s character or partnering with Ray (Taylor Kitsch), the scenes give the movie texture. J.K. Simmons as Captain McKenna commands attention in every scene he’s in.

21 Bridges releases in theaters on November 22nd. Have fun at the movies.

Director: Brian Kirk

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 43m

Rating: 3 out of 5