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Pride and Glory Is... Loud

Published October 23, 2008 in Movie Reviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros
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Pride and Glory is… loud. That's about all I took away from it. There's a lot of people yelling, shooting, hitting each other and yelling some more. It's very loud.

Review: Pride and Glory

It gets off to a bad start opening with a football game. Is that supposed to show camaraderie? It's just a lot of noise, and feels like a generically "exciting" opener, since everybody loves football, right?

It certainly doesn't create any sense of attachment when the next scene shows the slaughter of several cops. The cops on the scene scream and break stuff to show raw emotion. That's the Blood Diamond approach to tragedy.

Maybe this movie is like real cop work, in that it seems like a bunch of random investigations for a while. But who are these guys and what are they doing? I guess the story needs to set up all these threads to tie them together, but it doesn't work. It's as complex as L.A. Confidential but without the class or nuance.

I see through all of the bravado. Any guy who screams and swears that much has no real power. Threatening a baby is hardcore, tougher than even Vic Mackey, but that's an hour into the movie. You need to open with that.

Even when the story becomes clear, it's the same old corruption story. I'd still recommend anything from Serpico to Hard to Kill over this. It's as mediocre as Dark Blue.

The end is just ridiculous. Who cares, anyway? Let these guys be all self-righteous and force a simple resolution on a complex issue. It's not like anyone was paying attention in the first place.

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