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Training Day (2001)

Training Day (2001)


Denzel Washington
Ethan Hawke

Directed by Antoine Fuqua

Training Day is one movie that you have to see and add to your list. The performance of Denzel Washington in this movie is not something to overlook. He won numerous accolades for his performance and the movie was just amazing to see. The challenge for the movie is the way the movie ended. The ending of the movie lacked the same intensity and possibilities like the rest of the movie.
Leaving you behind with a dissatisfied taste of what has been a memorable ride. The script was well written and when it got to like the last twenty minutes it feels the writer ran out of steam. It was this that made the movie have some low ratings.

The movie plot starts with the introduction of Jake (Ethan Hawke) to his supervisor (Detective Alonzo) both are in the LAPD narcotic department. Alonzo is known to his colleagues and those in the street as a corrupt cop and he is in bad with the Russian Mafia.
Alonzo and Jake burst some kids with cannabis and Alonzo was able to cajole Jake to smoke it. Then they raid a drug dealer house with fake search warrant so Alonzo could steal from him. At this point Jake is way into deep and wondering how best he can get control of the situation as Alonzo’s corruptness was more than he can handle.

Soon we meet other corrupt cops advising Alonzo to flee as the mafia want him dead. Alonzo who had made a plan to make sure he still had control of the streets which he lives in and not have to run assured the men that he has everything under control. Alonzo had a plan which involved stealing more money to be able to settle the mafia to leave him alone, this plan was dirty and Jake was now caught in the middle of it.

If you have not had the time to see director Antoine Fuqua’s Training Day, then you should. Other than the ending which needed a lot of work the movie is good enough to enjoy. The movie was made into a TV series in 2017 which didn’t get past a single season before it was cancelled.
Washington won the Academy Award for best actor for this and Ethan Hawke got a best supporting actor nomination for his role. A prequel is said to be in development a look at a young Alonzo.


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