Intense WWII drama about German Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (played by Tom Cruise) and his involvement in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Fine performances and a good pace can't fully compensate for the fact that the movie brings a foregone conclusion, and thus little suspense.
Good movie. Not overly violent and just about perfect in length. Christian Bale plays a Southern farmer and Civil War amputee (he fought for the North, though) who volunteers to help escort infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) to the 3:10 to Yuma train, where he will wait in prison and stand trial. Brilliantly designed and filled with great performances by the two leads and the supporting cast.
Just a caution to all you out there: if you are against profanity and violence, don't see this movie. I'm not saying that the movie is full of violence, but there are plenty of f-bombs throughout the film. I know that "Training Day" doesn't have the most f-bombs ever said in a movie, and its violence isn't the most brutal caught on a camera, but there's enough to turn many people away.
For the rest, be forwarned that "Training Day" isn't all about people running around shooting guns at each other. If you were hoping that there would be a lot of shoot-'em ups in this one, sorry.
Instead, we get to know the two main characters, which are Alonzo (Denzel Washington) and Jake (Ethan Hawke). Jake is an ambitious young cop who joins the LA narcotics division as he continues his climb up the ladder. He is partnered for 24 hours with Alonzo, who will ultimately decide whether or not to accept Jake into his squad.
Alonzo turns out to be a dirty cop, one who has his own sense of justice and isn't afraid to break the law. Jake learns more about LA's mean streets than he wants to know, and is ultimately forced to make some tough decisions.
"Training Day" can be tagged as an action movie, but it's also one that explores characters well. We get to know more of who Alonzo is as the film progresses. Jake's character needs less exploration, since we already know that he's an honest, by-the-book cop who suddenly finds himself in a world of drugs and corruption.
Washington is terrific as Alonzo. It would be hard for him to make a bad movie. Another tip to interested viewers: watch this one before any other movie that he made after "Training Day," because you'll appreciate his acting more.
"Antwone Fisher" has a good directing debut for Denzel Washington. An angry sailor with a troubled past is sent to see a navy physchiatrist (Washington, who forces him to come to terms with his past. A bit slow-paced at cliched at times, but the acting is good and the screenplay was actually written by the real Antwone Fisher, on whom the film is based.
Well, if you didn't read the book before watching the movie, it won't be as suspenseful to you, because you know how it ends. I read the book, but the movie was still suspenseful, if a little too long.
The lowdown: the six-man crew of the Andrea Gail, captained by Billy Tyne (George Clooney) sets out in October 1991 in the Atlantic Ocean just days before three storms converge together and cause "The Perfect Storm" The acting is good, even if the dialogue is cliched at times, and there's plenty of suspense, peril, and danger, even if you might get tired of seeing the ocean thrash the Andrea Gail over and over again. Still, it's not that bad of a movie, but don't watch it if you can't stand suspense.