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Review: Training Day

August 21, 2011

It seems about time for me to do a movie review, after two game reviews in a row. And what better time than towards the end of the month, so that I can take it off the list of “shit that needs doing”.

So. Training Day.¬†Ethan Hawke plays Jake Hoyt, a young cop with the LAPD. He’s scheduled to be evaluated to work in narcotics with Alonzo Harris, played by Denzel Washington in a departure from his normal roles. Hoyt meets Harris in a coffee shop, and from there they go to the “office”, a modified ’79 Chevy Monte Carlo. Harris convinces Hoyt to tell him the real reason he wants in to narcotics, which is to make detective. They head to a park where they see one of Alonzo’s informants dealing in the park, and instead of arresting the buyers he simply confiscates the drugs. He forces Jake to smoke one of the joints, not telling him it was laced with PCP.

On their way to a dealer’s home, Jake spots two thugs assaulting a teenage girl, whose cousin happens to be a Mexican gangster. They go to the dealer’s home with a faked search warrant so Alonzo can steal his drug money. They stop at LA’s notorious Baldwin Village neighborhood to visit Alonzo’s girlfriend and young son, and then proceed to a meeting with the “Three Wise Men”, high-ranking members of the LAPD and LA justice system. They tell Alonzo that they know about his debt, and he gets approval from them to “cash in on an account”, giving them the confiscated drug money in exchange for an arrest warrant. Jake and Alonzo head to a nearby car park to meet up with several other narcotics officers and gear up for a raid.

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