Starring: Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight,
Noah Emmerich, Jennifer Ehle, Frank Grillo, Rick Gonzalez,
Shea Wigham, Jessica Pimentel, John Ortiz, Lake Bell, Manny
Perez, Carmen Ejogo
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Rating: M18 (Coarse Language and Violence)
Year Made: 2008
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Alliance Entertainment
Four cops down: two dead, two likely. An NYPD drug bust has gone horribly wrong, and Detective Ray Tierney heads the investigating task force. He already has ties to the case. His brother was commander of the ambushed officers. His brother in law, a fellow officer, often partnered with them. The more Ray uncovers, the more those family ties are tested. And the more the fraternal order starts to fray.
From the trailer, it seems like it’s going to be one heck of a boring cop story and despite what some Edward Norton fans said and what our moviexclusive.com reviewer wrote, it did turn out to be one long draggy affair that could have been solved earlier if one didn’t have so much pride or glory in the first place.
While some complained about the difficulties in figuring out what’s happening, personally I felt that Pride and Glory tried too hard to make it overly convoluted. Either way, both findings pointed to the issue that this movie is over littered with characters and tried to play it vague in order for the climatic finale. For some, it might be some sort of story and character development but personally it felt like a weak attempt to expand a rather short and uninspiring story.
Then there the excessive swearing that should be the film maker’s attempt to make this movie grittier but it just felt that it was over compensating the lack of grittiness. It’s over compensation became distracting after a while and it was tempting to count how many F words were uttered in this movie.
The revelation in the end was also a letdown in a couple ways, especially after making the mental effort to follow the convoluted storyline. The multiple subplots introduced in the earlier portion were conveniently tied up together. The wrap up also made me realize that if the character weren’t so hung up on pride and glory of their job and did the right thing earlier on, we won’t need to go through such an uninspired story about corruption in the police force.
While researching for more information for this film, it turn out that this film was made back in 2006 but left on the shelf at the previous company until Warner Bros decided to pick it up for theatrical and now DVD release. Personally it was relatable why this film was shelved for so long and almost didn’t get released. It’s dry and sleep inducing for most parts and ended like another routine cop drama episode from television land which felt rather unsatisfying.
But then again, different people have different views and according the general online consensus (plus our moviexclusive movie reviewer), It wasn’t that bad as this review is making Pride and Glory out to be. Fans of Edward Norton and Folks who are drawn out to this type of slow boiled police’s family conflicts will probably enjoy this more than I did.
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This recent cop drama which dealt with the conflicts of honor and work ethics is presented in fine visual and audio that one would expect from a recent dvd release.
by Richard Lim Jr
Posted on 1 June 2009
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