Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke and Don Cheadle take the law into their own hands while a girl with a dragon tattoo kicks off the movie adaptation of author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy.
Brooklyn’s Finest: The cops have got crises in this gritty crime drama that stars Richard Gere as a burned-out vet a week away from retirement, Ethan Hawke as an officer who will bend the rules to provide for his wife and seven children, and Don Cheadle as a cop who has been undercover so long that his allegiances are starting to shift to his drug kingpin pal (Wesley Snipes). When the NYPD’s Operation Clean Up targets the notorious BK housing project, the three officers find themselves drawn to the same deadly crime scene. Their fates collide at the end, resulting in more than a few characters being shot without warning by someone random out of frame that it comes across as unintentionally funny. Still, Gere’s performance as a sad, lonely officer and Hawke’s tragically desperate character make this cop drama worth a look even though the movie’s parts are greater than the whole. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain director Antoine Fuqua’s commentary, “Chaos & Conflict: The Life of a New York Cop,” “Boyz N the Real Hood,” deleted scenes and featurettes on the director and writer. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: This adaptation of the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s popular novel of the same name is the first of the planned Millennium Trilogy. The story about a disgraced journalist (Michael Nyqvist) waiting to serve a jail term for a rigged libel case and the goth 24-year-old hacker (Noomi Rapace) who takes an interest in him doesn’t shy away from the most graphic details of Larsson’s book. This first entry is one of the highest-grossing limited release films ever and David Fincher is already remaking it for the English-only crowd, but he’d be hard-pressed to top this Swedish film’s unflinching bravery towards the dark material. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray include an interview with Rapace, a “Vanger Family Tree” featurette and the theatrical trailer. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me
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