Brooklyn ís Finest
 
This is a dark, brooding, violent depressing portrayal of police work in Brooklyn . If there is any kind of morality at all, itís a twisted version of street karma----eventually, you get whatís coming to you.  Whether you think thatís what you deserve or not.
Nobodyís a nice guy.  Richard Gere plays Eddie, the beat patrolman whose law enforcement career never went anywhere.  Now, heís got less than a week left before he can finally retire.  He lives by himself in a dingy, unfurnished apartment with gang activity right outside his door.  He seems to have spent most of his bread on that which did not satisfy (Isaiah 55:2):  women who will whisper sweet nothings in his ear, for a price.  The sad part is that he thinks he may be in love with a sweet-faced hooker whose specialty is servicing police officers (Proverbs 5:3-6).  But he will admit that to no one.  And he will not even deign to be cordial to the rookies assigned to him by his boss.  He just doesnít want to fool with that, doesnít want to rock the boat, and doesnít want to expend time and energy trying to teach someone, protesting that heís not a role model.  Ah, but he does possess the sound judgment of a mature veteran, almost despite himself.  He tries to tone down a silly argument in a convenience store that looks like it could get ugly, while his rookie partner, overeager to establish his heavy-handed authority, is all too willing to jump into the fray and needlessly escalate the shouting match.  Eddie would like to ignore anything that might jeopardize his chances to just exit quietly, but of course, heís confronted with a scathing injustice that he must decide whether he can ignore.
Ethan Hawke plays Sal, an angst-ridden drug enforcement cop who wants so desperately to improve the living conditions for his young wife and small children that some of the blood-soaked drug money floating around starts to look appealing to him.  And once he takes one step down that dark path, it spirals into the void so quickly that he canít control his own slippery descent to the abyss.
Don Cheadle plays Tango, the undercover officer who has finally made some significant inroads into a particularly tough street gang, but his smarmy supervisor keeps wanting him to make one more revelation, point one more finger, accompany one more raid, continually dangling that detective promotion, until Tango is jangled and jaded with the effort of playing both sides convincingly.
Wesley Snipes returns as Caz, just out of prison and anxious to take back his gang territory again, and resume his lifelong friendship with Tango, but heís too street-smart not to sense that something doesnít feel right here, and itís not just because heís out of practice.  In his line of work, one sign of weakness, and the next thing you know is utter darkness.
Be prepared for blistering street language, cavalier capricious nudity, unloving sexuality, and breathtakingly sudden brutality.  Itís not a pretty sight.  But, like a train wreck, itís hard not to develop a certain macabre fascination, sensibilities be damned.  And thatís exactly how it plays.
 
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Greenville , Texas