Film Review & Trailer: 21 Bridges

Review By Frances Winston

Directed by: Brian Kirk –  Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Stephan James, Keith David, Taylor Kitsch, J. K. Simmons

Chadwick Boseman is hot property since his turn as Marvel’s Black Panther. So this is a rather interesting choice for is follow-up movie. A cop drama is not what many people would have predicted for him.

He plays Andre Davis, a trigger-happy NYPD detective, who has been investigated by Internal Affairs over the amount of perps he has killed in his decade-long career.

So he’s obviously the perfect choice to investigate, when hired guns, who were sent to steal drugs, go on a rampage and shoot multiple officers.

Realising that the circumstances dictate that they have probably fled to Manhattan, he arranges to have the entire island shut down, while a hardcore police chase ensues. But when he finally manages to connect with the perpetrators, he discovers that there may be more to this story than he has been led to believe by his colleagues.

This boasts a stellar cast. So it’s a shame they have been given such pedestrian material. I won’t post spoilers, but I saw the twist coming a mile away within the first hour. To say this is a tad predictable is an understatement.

While the cast all acquit themselves well with some rather clichéd material, I felt that Miller’s role – Detective Frankie Burns – was completely tokenistic. It’s as if producers got half way through the casting process, and realised that they probably should have at least one female in a main role, since its 2019 and not 1969. While she’s not there to serve as eye candy, you do get the feeling that anyone of any gender could have played that role.

This is the kind of movie that pays more attention to the action than the plot, and it shows. While the shoot-out scenes are wonderfully thought out, anything involving high drama, or even basic sensitivity, lags somewhat. This is no reflection on the cast – as I said they acquit themselves well – and is a complete directorial choice, but not one that works as it feels very disjointed.

This is a competent enough cop thriller. It contains all the elements you’d expect. It’s just not very exciting, and is let down by a lack of character development and a cliché-driven plot. Even at 100 minutes, it slightly outstays its welcome, and I felt they could have easily wrapped the plot up ten minutes earlier than they did.

However, if you just want a straightforward, easy on the brain flick with a fantastic cast, then this will tick your boxes. Ultimately though, it is disappointing.

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