History YMMV / TrainingDay

24th Feb '18 2:13:44 PM nombretomado
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* ConsolationAward: Many thought Creator/DenzelWashington won Best Actor to compensate many lauded but not awarded performances that preceded. Specially for a [[RussellCrowe fierce]] [[Film/ABeautifulMind competitor]] that year (and ironically both actors faced off against each other in ''Film/{{Virtuosity}}'').

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* ConsolationAward: Many thought Creator/DenzelWashington won Best Actor to compensate many lauded but not awarded performances that preceded. Specially for a [[RussellCrowe [[Creator/RussellCrowe fierce]] [[Film/ABeautifulMind competitor]] that year (and ironically both actors faced off against each other in ''Film/{{Virtuosity}}'').
21st Jan '18 3:34:22 PM theladyvanishes
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: [[spoiler: Did Alonzo set Hoyt up with Smiley knowing that Smiley would find the wallet and spare him or was he actually setting him up to die?]] His dialogue in the initial scene with Letty implies the former but it's never solidly confirmed. Much of Alonzo's motivations and how much he's actually planned things up is very ambiguous.



** It's never specifically said that The Three Wise Men ARE corrupt. It might be assumed as such since they are so cynical and jaded, but the lawyer, whom Alonzo says will "snatch [Hoyt's] nuts out and use them for dice" if he screws up, seems genuinely worried that Alonzo won't survive his deadline with the Russians, and the long-faced older cop feels the need to reiterate what Alonzo already knows: the Russians will whack him, regardless of his status as a well-respected cop or not. Even Harris Yulin's character, the cigar-smoking detective who says he's gonna find the subject of his story and kill him, can't be written off entirely, because cops can be said to '''talk''' about all the stuff they'd like to do to various perps they know will get off but will never actually '''do.'''

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** It's never specifically said that The Three Wise Men ARE corrupt. It might be assumed as such since they are so cynical and jaded, but the lawyer, whom Alonzo says will "snatch [Hoyt's] nuts out and use them for dice" if he screws up, seems genuinely worried that Alonzo won't survive his deadline with the Russians, Russians and don't seem to approve of his actions trying to get out of the situation, and the long-faced older cop feels the need to reiterate what Alonzo already knows: the Russians will whack him, regardless of his status as a well-respected cop or not. Even Harris Yulin's character, the cigar-smoking detective who says he's gonna find the subject of his story and kill him, can't be written off entirely, because cops can be said to '''talk''' about all the stuff they'd like to do to various perps they know will get off but will never actually '''do.'''



* ItWasHisSled: The twist is so well-known that even people who haven't watched the film usually know that [[spoiler:Alonzo is the antagonist.]]




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* UnfortunateImplications: Defied. During filming, the NAACP came on set to confront Denzel Washington, arguing that it was rare enough to have a black lead in a film in general [[spoiler:and that this trope would occur if said black lead turned out to be a corrupt, violent antagonist. Denzel in turn argued that it was impractical to expect him to only play squeaky-clean heroes, and that the quality of his acting would speak for itself.]] This ultimately fell in the latter's favor, as the film was well-received and earned him an (albeit overdue) Oscar.
21st Dec '17 8:08:14 PM Michael_McManus
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** DownplayedTrope: Even those who think that this was a ConsolationAward don't deny that he deserved it, and the two of the actors who bested Washington in the past (Creator/SeanConnery and Creator/AlPacino) are widely seen as having been given [[ConsolationAward Consolation Awards]] for their winning performances (''Film/TheUntouchables'' and ''Film/ScentOfAWoman'' respectively).

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** DownplayedTrope: Even those who think that this was a ConsolationAward don't deny that he deserved it, and the two of the actors who bested Washington in the past (Creator/SeanConnery and Creator/AlPacino) are widely seen as having been given [[ConsolationAward Consolation Awards]] for their winning performances (''Film/TheUntouchables'' and ''Film/ScentOfAWoman'' respectively).
21st Dec '17 8:07:53 PM Michael_McManus
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** DownplayedTrope: Even those who think that this was a ConsolationAward don't deny that he deserved it, and the two of the actors who bested Washington in the past (Creator/SeanConnery and Creator/AlPacino) are widely seen as having been given [[ConsolationAward Consolation Awards]] for their winning performances (''Film/TheUntouchables'' and ''Film/ScenteOfAWoman'' respectively).

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** DownplayedTrope: Even those who think that this was a ConsolationAward don't deny that he deserved it, and the two of the actors who bested Washington in the past (Creator/SeanConnery and Creator/AlPacino) are widely seen as having been given [[ConsolationAward Consolation Awards]] for their winning performances (''Film/TheUntouchables'' and ''Film/ScenteOfAWoman'' ''Film/ScentOfAWoman'' respectively).
21st Dec '17 8:07:37 PM Michael_McManus
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** DownplayedTrope: Even those who think that this was a ConsolationAward don't deny that he deserved it, and the two of the actors who bested Washington in the past (Creator/SeanConnery and Creator/AlPacino) are widely seen as having been given [[ConsolationAward Consolation Awards]] for their winning performances (''Film/TheUntouchables'' and ''Film/ScenteOfAWoman'' respectively).
16th Dec '17 9:15:37 PM CharlesPhipps
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** Eh, if Hoyt kept the money then they have something on him too. Alonzo didn't have any friends, only co-workers in a corrupt system.
9th Aug '17 2:59:04 PM SinDustries
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* EsotericHappyEnding: Jake survives the day's events on his first day as a narcotics officer, with Alonzo [[spoiler:now dead]]. However, he has to give a report on how his supervisor was killed, and provide evidence of his criminal actions...to the Three Wise Men, the very same corrupt high-ranking police officials gave Alonzo carte blance to do as he pleased.

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* EsotericHappyEnding: Jake survives the day's events on his first day as a narcotics officer, with Alonzo [[spoiler:now dead]]. However, he has to give a report on how his supervisor was killed, and provide evidence of his criminal actions...to the Three Wise Men, the very same corrupt high-ranking police officials gave Alonzo carte blance blanche to do as he pleased.pleased.
** It's never specifically said that The Three Wise Men ARE corrupt. It might be assumed as such since they are so cynical and jaded, but the lawyer, whom Alonzo says will "snatch [Hoyt's] nuts out and use them for dice" if he screws up, seems genuinely worried that Alonzo won't survive his deadline with the Russians, and the long-faced older cop feels the need to reiterate what Alonzo already knows: the Russians will whack him, regardless of his status as a well-respected cop or not. Even Harris Yulin's character, the cigar-smoking detective who says he's gonna find the subject of his story and kill him, can't be written off entirely, because cops can be said to '''talk''' about all the stuff they'd like to do to various perps they know will get off but will never actually '''do.'''
8th May '17 4:52:13 AM Ominae
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15th Apr '17 6:36:15 PM Tork
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* {{Narm}}: When Alonzo randomly mutters, "poo-butt ass..." during the PCP scene.
15th Apr '17 6:31:15 PM Tork
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: [[Did Alonzo set Hoyt up with Smiley knowing that Smiley would find the wallet and spare him or was he actually setting him up to die?]] His dialogue in the initial scene with Letty implies the former but it's never solidly confirmed. Much of Alonzo's motivations and how much he's actually planned things up is very ambiguous.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: [[Did [[spoiler: Did Alonzo set Hoyt up with Smiley knowing that Smiley would find the wallet and spare him or was he actually setting him up to die?]] His dialogue in the initial scene with Letty implies the former but it's never solidly confirmed. Much of Alonzo's motivations and how much he's actually planned things up is very ambiguous.
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