A saga centered on a multi-generational family of New York City Police officers. The family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney, investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora's Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.
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Pride and Glory (14A) * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Tread gently and carry a big stick. Mottos like this may well belong to any police force. Trouble at Precinct 31 in the heart of New York City provides an appropriate backdrop for Pride and Glory, a gutsy crime tale from Alliance Films now stoking emotions at Tinseltown (on Pender, free parking), Empire Esplanade 6, Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites across B.C.
Corruption is common everywhere. Why should justice officials be immune from temptation? Time and time again we have seen such stories unfold on the big screen. Director Gavin OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Connor elevates the scenario considerably thanks to some top notch actors at the prime of their careers.
Family means everything. Born to serve are members of the Tierney clan. Irish to the core members of the family take their marching orders from patriarch Francis Tierney, Jr. Sons Ray and Francis fit the mould of officer as does son-in-law Egan. Temptation, however, is hard to resist.
News of a routine police call turns into a cause cÃƒÂ©lÃƒÂ¨bre as a bunch of low life gangsters gets eliminated during the course of regular duty. No one knows who is to blame for the assaults as a form of vigilante justice and cover-ups begin to spread forth.
You get a great sense of the gritty world of law enforcement throughout this 125 minute suspense tale that effectively hones in on the emotional strife plaguing not only this cherished family but other members of the force. Things get out of hand often in Pride and Glory with everyone apparently trying to protect their backs. Open for debate is whether justice gets served in this rush to judgment as egos and families get shattered.
Blood gets spewed often in this tale of good guys and bad guys and the lengths some folks will go to come out ahead. Bad boy Collin Farrell (Phone Book) sizzles as hot-tempered Jimmy Egan in the best James CaanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Sonny Godfather tradition. Peacemakers donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t come around too often but consummate professional Edward Norton (American History X) again turns in rock solid work as lone wolf operative Ray, brought in from the cold to solve a mysterious case. Nice work from Jon Voight (Enemy of the State) and Noah Emmerich (Little Children) as father and son investigators further cements this rollicking tale of evil run amuck.
Take a chance on Pride and Glory and feel the heat as trouble comes a calling big time in this crime laden tale.
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