is a 2010 American crime film starring Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, and Wesley Snipes. It is directed by Antoine Fuqua, and written by Michael C. Martin, a one-time subway flagger from East New York. It was the first film to sell at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, for a sales price of "under 5 million dollars." The film was released in North America on March 5, 2010.
The film tells the story of three police officers operating in the Projects. They are:
- Detective Salvatore "Sal" Procida: He lives a life on the edge, leading armed police assaults on gangs, ever tempted by the fortune in drug money left unguarded at the crime scenes. He desperately needs to move house, as the fungal infection in the walls of his current house is harming his pregnant wife.
- Officer Eddie Duggan: a senior beat cop who has one week until retirement. What with his lousy record and not a single friend left on the force, he has little to look forward to (he starts every morning with a shot of whiskey, whilst pointing a gun to his own head).
- Detective Clarence "Tango" Butler: an undercover cop who has infiltrated a gang working out of the projects. Pressured by his asshole superiors, the fear of being ratted, and his own feelings of camaraderie towards a gang leader he has befriended.
This film provides examples of:
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Pretty much the premise about the cops themselves.
- Big Applesauce
- Becoming the Mask: A strange case in Butler/Tango. Clarence Butler seems to fear this happening if he stays undercover. This is evident when he tells his superior how he considered killing two highway officers during a traffic stop and regretting not doing so once he found out about the police robbery/murder. This is why he pleads for a desk job. Since he ends up getting killed by another officer while in the midst of carrying out street justice, it seems he may have indeed become the mask, though he was trying to hide behind the badge.
- Bittersweet Ending: Eddie survives the violent shoot out and retires with dignity. Sal provides the money for his wife and kids, but said money was his life insurance, Clarence dies, but claims his revenge.
- Its never revealed if Sal's family got any life insurance, and since he was killed in the midst of his own robbery and not in the line of duty, his family will probably not get any police benefits.
- Downer Ending: In the alternate ending, Eddie kills himself soon after, and it turns out that Caz faked his death.
- Brooklyn Rage
- Cluster F-Bomb
- Crap Sack World: The Projects.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Amusingly enough, Duggan doesn't get to run off with Chantal, a hooker who appears to be his only friend. Made all the more amusing by the character's actor being Richard Geere of Pretty Woman fame.
- Dirty Cop: The entire premise.
- Driven to Suicide: In an alternate ending, Eddie kills himself while fishing.
- New York City Cops
- Pac Man Fever: This is averted, as some of the drug dealers are shown playing Mercenaries on a PS2.
- Rabid Cop: The cops themselves had lost their sense of morality by the time the film begins.
- Retirony: Deliberately averted by Eddie, who starts the film with two weeks before retirement and has no ambition except to keep his head down and avoid any trouble, to the point where a rookie who's assigned to him calls him out for being a coward. Inverted when said rookie is unceremoniously killed off screen in his first week on the job, while Eddie is the only one of the three main characters to survive to the end.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Detective Butler aka. "Tango guns down an already wounded Red in the street, emptying a whole clip into him (with a Jericho 941 no less.) Then pops another clip in to empty it as well. He's shot before he could though.