Saturday, 7 November 2009

Film Review: PRIDE AND GLORY (2008)

Director: Gavin O'Connor
Running time: 125 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): 15

Watched on Sky+ Saturday 7th November 2009.


Set in the Washington Heights district of New York, this gritty police drama depicts the consequences of corruption in the New York Police department. It also tells how these events effect the Irish-American family, the Tierney’s, caught up in the centre of it all.

Four police officers are killed in a shootout in Washington Heights and Ray Tierney is persuaded by his father, Francis Sr., to join the investigation team. They uncover a corruption scandal that involves Ray’s brother-in law, Jimmy Eagan. Jimmy is an out-of-control cop who, along with his colleagues, has been involved in dealing drugs for some time. His boss, Ray’s brother Francis Jr., was unaware that Jimmy had strayed so far because of his own problems at home with his wife who has cancer. Jimmy has alienated many of the more unsavoury elements in the district and this, in the end, proves to be his undoing.

A very well made film with some great performances from all of the main cast members. Honourable mentions go to Edward Norton as Ray Tierney, Colin Farrell as Jimmy Eagan, Jon Voight as Francis Tierney Sr., Noah Emmerich as Francis Tierney Jr. and Jennifer Ehle as Abby Tierney.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t decide whether the film was a family drama or a crime thriller. It seemed to flip between both stories, which, I think unbalanced it and which I also found quite distracting at times. Also, I thought the film was a little too long and, maybe because of the ‘flipping’, a bit too slowly paced for my liking. Over all, some great performances, but a film that is a bit too long and paced a little too slow.

My score: 6/10

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