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Review: Brooklyn’s Finest

Tango and Crash
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 2, 2010
1.5 1.5 Stars

Somebody must have drawn up a computer program on Crash-like multi-narrative screenplays, because it's infected the system and won't go away. This police thriller from Antoine Fuqua is the latest victim, as the three title policemen, acting independently, wind up on a collision course fraught with phony serendipity and irony.

Tango (Don Cheadle) is an undercover cop torn between his friendship with Caz (Wesley Snipes), the thug he's shadowing, and the racist department that scorns him. Sal (Ethan Hawke) is a narc willing to score dirty money to buy his family's dream home. And Eddie (Richard Gere) starts the day with a drink and a gun stuck in his mouth and just wants to get through the few days until his retirement so he can move in with a hooker.

Much blood and many movie allusions later, it all ends as preposterously as it began. If this is Hollywood's finest, it's time to call in Internal Affairs.

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