21 Bridges (2019) Movie Review

ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – K – 21 Bridges, this is under K because of director Brian Kirk.

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Director: Brian Kirk

Writer: Adam Mervis, Matthew Michael Carnahan (Screenplay)

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons, Stephen James, Taylor Kitsch, Keith David

Plot: An embattled NYPD detective is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy.

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: 21 Bridges starts as embattled detective Andre Davis (Boseman) facing questions about his shooting numbers. Meanwhile, Michael (James) and Ray (Kitsch) look to do a small robbery of cocaine, getting more than they bargained for. Before coming under attack by cops, leaving numerous dead.

Andre is called in to hunt down the killers. The other officers wanting him to use his gun. Even though Andre only shoots when he needs to. As Andre looks to hunt down the killers, he finds himself getting caught up in the middle of a bigger conspiracy.

Thoughts on 21 Bridges

21 Bridges is an action thriller flowing through the streets of New York City. The story follows the cop everyone in the force expects to shoot first, ask questions later, tracking down cop killers. In a story that will follow the basic formula of hunting down criminals, we receive a twist along the way. An angle that will make things a lot more interesting but doesn’t play out as smoothly as it could.

This is an entertaining thriller; one you could watch without thinking it is bad. The problem comes with it feeling like the ending is rushed, without giving us a satisfying conclusion to the story.

Chadwick Boseman in his final performance is great to see. Giving him that chance to move away from the superhero world to a ground police figure role. One we could have easily seen him return to in the future. The supporting cast works well in the movie too, making us understand each of their motives along the way.

Final Thoughts21 Bridges is an entertaining action movie that does everything it needs to.

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