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Pride and Glory
As good as "Training Day" and "The Departed."
Pride and Glory
Edward Norton Stars in the Crime/Drama "Pride and Glory"
Theatrical Review: You want to see a good movie? I got one for you. It's called "Pride and Glory."

Ever since "The Departed" made its way onto the big screen and ended up getting the Oscar for Best Picture, it was hard to imagine that any other cop movie could rival it. Well, I'm here to tell you that "Pride and Glory" is that film and while it is not quite the same as "The Departed," it still guarantees to shock, disturb and ultimately entertain you.

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The story revolves around a family of police officers, consisting of Ray Tierney (Edward Norton), his father (Jon Voight), his brother Francis (Noah Emmerich) and his brother-in-law Jimmy (Colin Farrell). Everything erupts when four fellow cops are murdered during a drug deal and all signs begin to point to police corruption. In the end, the once close family begins to fall apart and must do things that they never thought they would do to get out clean.

The performances in "Pride and Glory" are Oscar-worthy and every second from the beginning is filled with tension, suspense and brutal violence. While a few scenes tend to stand out from the rest, one involving a baby will make you cringe in disbelief. (Based on what director Gavin O'Connor (Miracle) told me, that scene could have been much worse, if that's even possible).

The bad guys are revealed right at the beginning, which is similar to "The Departed," and watching events unfold that you know will eventually lead to a bloody confrontation will keep you on the edge of your seat. In this film, everyone's hands get dirty and everyone has a plan to deal with what's going on around them, even if it means breaking some teeth, punching women in the face and hurting kids.

While watching the film, I couldn't help but wonder why New Line Cinema waited so long to release it. Was it because of the events going on with the real NYPD or does it have more to do with America's stance on torture? I don't know for sure, but I can see how "Pride and Glory" could be adding fuel to the fire in both cases.

Yes, I really enjoyed the movie and will recommend it to anyone that would listen, but it wasn't 100% perfect. One scene involving a bar-fight feels completely out of place. With so much going on at that time in the movie, breaking out into an Irish jig just doesn't seem appropriate. Ok, so it's 99% perfect.

"Pride and Glory" will have a tough time marketing itself to an already bored audience, which has seen "Harsh Times," "Street Kings" and many other decent-but-not-great cop films be released within a short period of time. But I'm hoping that the impressive cast and the many positive reviews will bring in the same fans that love "The Departed" and "Training Day," because "Glory" is just as good.

October 24th, 2008 (wide)
January 27th, 2009 (DVD)

New Line Cinema

Gavin OConnor

Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Noah Emmerich, Jennifer Ehle, Frank Grillo

Total: 57 vote(s).

Drama, Suspense

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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and brief drug content.

129 min




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