Training Day – 2001
The title of Training Day basically tells you what the movie is about – today is Jake Hoyt’s first day as a narcotics officer and he is being trained by veteran cop Alonzo Harris (played by Denzel Washington). This premise has been done a million times before, but Training Day is so over-the-top that it feels unique.
Hoyt (played by Ethan Hawke) is your typical “good cop”. He wants all criminals to be disciplined appropriately and wants to do everything the way they taught him at the academy. Harris, on the other hand, it the complete opposite…he only wants to go after “important” criminals (and later in the movie, you will see his reasons for doing so).
As soon as you’re introduced to Alonzo Harris, you can tell that he’s a pretty shady cop…and as the movie progresses, it becomes more and more evident that he is completely corrupt. So throughout the movie, Hoyt has to decide whether he wants to do what he thinks is right (and go against what Alonzo thinks) or if he should just go along with Alonzo so he can keep his job.
I really enjoyed Training Day, but honestly this is a below-average movie if Denzel Washington isn’t in it. His character is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting and entertaining chracters in film history. Ethan Hawke does an alright job, but there’s a reason Denzel won Best Actor for his role — he completely stole the show.
Score = 8.5/10