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Movie Review: Training Day

Updated on October 21, 2016

Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke

Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke play as detectives in Training Day. They are the odd couple, ethically, at least.
Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke play as detectives in Training Day. They are the odd couple, ethically, at least. | Source

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The Story of Training Day

Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) is a lead detective but he is one crooked cop. Officer Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) is now training to be a detective under Alonzo. Alonzo killed a big time Russian gangster at a Casino in Vegas and the Russians want 1 million by midnight or they will kill Alonzo. The plot thickens throughout with more twist and turns than a Nascar race. As the show goes on there is no telling what is going to come next. Get ready for a ride with the law that is far from the norm.

From shooting innocent people to robbing homes being a detective at this precinct is one wild ride after another. Let the crime spree begin in the streets and within the force.


Grade: A

Dr. Dre in Training Day

Dr. Dre helped Denzel Washington (Alonzo) carry out his crimes as Detective Paul of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Dr. Dre helped Denzel Washington (Alonzo) carry out his crimes as Detective Paul of the Los Angeles Police Department. | Source

Training Day Movie Trailer (2001)

Cast and Crew

Denzel Washington: Denzel Washington stars as detective Alonzo Harris. As crooked as a cop gets. He is a ruthless dude but we like that. Like Alonzo says when yelling at armed criminals in the streets, "King Kong Ain't Got S...t On Me! Classic from one of the best actors in history.

Ethan Hawke: Hawke stars as Jake Hoyt who is the complete opposite of Alonzo as far as the law is concerned. He wants to take the bad guys to jail and protect the innocent. Officer Hoyt is in for a rude awakening. Ethan Hawke is an experienced actor who is coming into his own as one of the best.

Eva Mendes: Mendes was Sara and she was Alonzo Harris' main squeeze. Sara has a young son with Alonzo Harris. She cares for Harris but she is not involved in anything illegal.

Dr. Dre: Dre was Detective Paul and he had Alonzo's back. Although he was a cop he was just as dirty as Alonzo, if not worse. Dre has been in a few films including Tha Wash which he starred in.

Snoop Dogg: Blue, the crack dealer on the street corner. Blue was in a wheelchair and he ended giving the law info about Sandman after Alonzo found drugs on him and threatened him with jail time.

Scott Glenn: Glenn played the role of Alonzo's buddy Roger. Alonzo needed a million bucks before the night ended or he was dead. Roger had to pay the price, both figuratively and literally, for Alonzo's bad temper and mistakes.

Macy Gray: Sandman's wife in Compton, California. She had her home raided without a warrant by Alonzo and reluctantly Hoyt. She snaps on Hoyt and calls him every name in the book. When the cops leave her home she gets some gangsters to shoot at them.

Grade: A+


Gangsters in Training Day

Alonzo (Washington) hired these guys to kill his partner. These guys were truly brutal and if not for some extraordinary luck they would have blasted Detective Hoyt in the bathtub!
Alonzo (Washington) hired these guys to kill his partner. These guys were truly brutal and if not for some extraordinary luck they would have blasted Detective Hoyt in the bathtub! | Source

Denzel Washington's Best Films

Man on Fire
Training Day
Glory
The Hurricane
John Q
Flight
Malcolm X
Philadelphia
American Gangster
 
Remember the Titans
 
Ten of Mr. Washington's top movies.

Music and Sound Effects

The Sound effects were realistic including gun fire, car chases and fighting sequences.

The music was perfect for the film with Mark Mancina composing and mixing the tracks. Dr. Dre and Nelly had singles released from the soundtrack. Nelly came out with 'One": and Dre teamed up with DJ Quick for "Put it on Me".

Grade: A-

Snoop Dogg in Training Day

Snoop Dogg plays as a crack dealer in the movie "Training Day". He smells bacon, as he says, and tries to escape the Police officers.
Snoop Dogg plays as a crack dealer in the movie "Training Day". He smells bacon, as he says, and tries to escape the Police officers. | Source

Grading Training Day

Action: The action is top notch and very realistic during fight scenes and especially during the shoot out in the streets of Compton. The only draw back in this aspect may be that it could have more action scenes. Washington and Hawke shooting and then scrapping at the apartments was very entertaining, however. Grade: A-

Drama: The drama is as real as it can get with Hoyt preventing a rape from happening and in constant danger of dying in gun battles. When Hoyt and Harris shoot it out with Alonzo's son caught in the middle the intensity and drama are out of this world. Grade: A


Eva Mendes in Training Day

Eva Mendes stars as Denzel Washington's leading lady if you will. She has a son with Detective Harris and wants to protect him.
Eva Mendes stars as Denzel Washington's leading lady if you will. She has a son with Detective Harris and wants to protect him. | Source

Facts and Awards/Nominations

Denzel Washington- Washington won an Academy Award for Best Actor (2001).

Denzel Washington- Mr. Washington won the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain (2002).

Denzel Washington- AFI Awards: 100 Best Heroes and Villains (Washington, #50- Villain).

Ethan Hawke- Hawke received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Academy Award Nomination).

Training Day had a budget of 45 million and it made 104.5 million at the box office which oes not include DVD sells or rentals.

Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington)

Alonzo Harris is a lead detective who robbed and killed illegally and with impunity. His brutal tactics were as bad as the thugs on the streets.
Alonzo Harris is a lead detective who robbed and killed illegally and with impunity. His brutal tactics were as bad as the thugs on the streets. | Source

Film Ranking

5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Training Day

Grading the Director, Writer and Producers

Writer: David Ayer did a terrific job putting together a believable storyline.

Director: Antoine Fuqua is a top film director and he shows it once again with this great cop thriller.

Producers: Bobby Newmyer and Jeffrey Silver helped bring this production to life and they did n admirable job.

Grade: B+


Training Day

Starring Denzel Washington & Ethan Hawke

Training Day Official Movie Trailer

Final Thoughts......

The acting of Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke combined with the film's plot helps to make this film an epic movie without a doubt. One of the best police movies I have ever seen. The music, acting and even the backgrounds in the film are truly amazing. One great film in my opinion and I will use a phrase from the film to sum it up best. Life is about smiles and cries.

Also, The DVD has some very good special features including an alternative ending, deeted scenes and music videos related directly to the movie.

Overall Grade: A-

© 2015 Buster Johnson

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      Kevin W 2 years ago from Texas

      This is definitely one of my favorite movies of all time, Denzel at is finest, even though he was the villain. It's rare that the star of the movie dies a bloody and grotesque death in any movie. Thumbs up on your review.

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      Buster Johnson 2 years ago from Alabama

      Denzel is without a doubt my favorite actor. Thanks for commenting.

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