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February 14, 2003

Training Day

We watched a recording of Training Day. This movie earned Denzel Washington an Oscar and his co-star an Oscar nomination. It is easy to see why. This movie is relentlessly demanding of its stars. Denzel plays very effectively against his public personae as an evil, violent and manipulative narcotics officer. His character so thoroughly revels in living without constraints, that it is easy to forget our normal expectations of Denzel.

With that said, the movie is violent. It can be hard to watch. It shows our worst fears of corrupt police as true. It shows how easily even a decent character, can be seduced into becoming an acomplis in criminal activity. Please don’t watch it unless you are comfortable with movie violence.

On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 77.

For a complete list of my ratings go to Mike's Movie Ratings .

Posted by tmichael at February 14, 2003 05:25 PM