We like to think that those who serve the public are upstanding, hardworking folks who are working towards the greater good.
But reality is that every group has at least one bad apple who use their position to meet their own personal needs.
In Training Day (2001), Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) is the wide-eyed, wet behind the ears rookie cop. Wanting to improve the lives of the citizens of Los Angeles, Jake is paired with Detective Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington), a veteran cop who is respected by his colleagues and feared by those who break the law. Set over a period of 24 hours, Hoyt begins to not only question not only the ethical dilemmas of his job, but Detective Harris’s methods of keeping the city safe.
This movie is absolutely superb. Director Antoine Fuqua coaxed out of his actors some of the best performances of the early 2000’s. The script is dark, nuanced and forces both Hoyt and the audience to ask themselves some very difficult and complicated questions.
I absolutely recommend this film.