A Brainless Plot Sinks Violent Cop Thriller
21 Bridges is an ultra-violent policeman with an illogical plot and brainless. Star Chadwick Boseman was on a roll for the past three years as Marvel Hero, Black Panther and Civil Rights Icon, Thurgood Marshall . His talent brings a dramatic weight loss to 21 Bridges but not enough to elevate the film. A strong support cast is also wasted in this shower of bullets. The body count is high and bloody, but the story is laughably predictable.
We meet for the first time Andre Davis (Christian Isaiah) while he was a boy at the funeral of his father policeman; who was killed in the performance of his duties. Years later, Davis (Chadwick Boseman) is a fierce New York detective famous for killing villains. Internal Affairs is investigating for its record number of shootings. Davis does not apologize. It protects the badge and the public without remorse.
Two lower-level street thugs (Taylor Kitsch, Stephan James) rob a cache of cocaine hidden in a restaurant. They are stunned to find hundreds of pounds when they expect only thirty. A shootout ensues when four cops arrive. They shoot the cops and their reinforcements. Detective Davis is responsible for searching for the cop killers. He persuades the mayor's office to close all the bridges and tunnels leading to Manhattan. Trapped and on the run, killers need to find a way to get rid of drugs. Davis and a narcotics officer (Sienna Miller) are on the right track. But as they get closer, Davis begins to mistrust the officers who initially responded to the crime scene.
21 Bridges unfold during a bullet hit night. Director Brian King ( of Luther's Game of Thrones sets the tone with continuous action scenes. The problem is that no amount of shots or corpses can compensate for the considerable holes in the plot. The circumstances surrounding the flight would have immediately triggered red flags. The police's desire to find and kill criminals who murdered them is perfectly understandable. What makes no sense, especially Davis and the FBI, is why all these cops were in a den. The mystery behind the drugs is blatant. The premise of the film sinks in the first act.
Many cops and civilians were killed without mercy in 21 Bridges . Their death is supposed to invoke the visceral anger of the public. It's a cheap gadget that I found unpleasant. The villains have powerful piercing weapons that shred Kevlar like Swiss cheese. They furrow a minor army of the New York Police, but can not override Detective Davis' 9MM Glock 17 crackerjack. We saw the super policeman save the day in countless movies. 21 The bridges extinguish themselves with the same absurd device.
Taylor Kitsch, Sienna Miller and J.K. Simmons play key supporting roles. Their characters are one-dimensional caricatures and limits. Sienna Miller, a British actress who usually does a good job, plays the role of narcissus. His New York accent looks like Brooklyn in a can. J.K. Simmons howls and scolds like the captain of the police whose men were killed. His role is transparent from the moment he appears on the screen. Kitsch is the only actor who successfully plays the villain. He says very little, but eliminates cold-blooded murders. The horrible action scenes are tense but did not seduce me in the general context of the film. Chadwick Boseman is also lousy here. He looks seriously lean to play a NYPD detective. It may be a problem, but it adds up. There are too many defects. 21 Bridges is a production of MWM Studios and Huayi Brothers distributed by STX Films.
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