Alonzo is known to be a corrupt cop to several other narcotics officers who are also on the take.
The men are shown to be both flawed in their own ways but still have a direct impact on each other as they spend more time together.
Because of this gamesmanship, this is no simple training day but rather a series of events that end up changing both of their lives for better and for worse. The two main characters, one of them who could be considered a youthful idealist, is trying to better his community and his city by enforcing the law by the book.
The other man has been around the block and knows about the grittiness of the job more so than his impressionable, younger rookie partner.
He is a pessimist who discards the idealism that he likely brought with him when he originally joined the police force. He has abused his power as a law enforcement agent, is looking to maintain his authority and grow his wealth through intimidation and threats.
The problem with this attitude is that sometimes you end up becoming your own worst enemy. It could be argued that the protagonist of this film starts out as a sheep and ends up becoming a wolf in order to catch the antagonist, a true wolf who has caught the wolves for many years.
The film stars Denzel Washington as Alonzo Harris, a veteran detective and police officer who prefers wearing street clothes over a formal uniform and a badge. It achieved critical acclaim and success in theaters as Denzel Washington earned a Best Actor award for his role as Alonzo Harris.
Harris is a classic villain who ranks as one of the best antagonists in film history for his duplicity to others and displaying his indefatigable charisma while doing it. From the opening scene of the movie, you can tell that Jake Hoyt is out of his league when it comes to matching up against Alonzo Harris.
However, you can see early they are both polar opposites of each other in terms of their ideals, morals, and overall character. Meanwhile, the audience can tell that Alonso has been on the wrong side of the streets for a while and has become purely jaded by his work as a narcotics detective.
Instead of serving and protecting the people in his community and city, he cares only about his image, the reach of his authority, and the ability to make illegal money without compromising his career. What once was left of the idealism and the drive to do good by becoming a police officer has long been washed away.
You could argue that Jake is a sheep while Alonso is a wolf who is going to prey on him. The ultimate goal of Alonso is to bend Jake to his will by manipulating his moral code and his willingness to stay clean as a police officer.
While Alonso lost his soul and is trying to corrupt those around him, Det. Jake Hoyt needs to harness his strengths, moral fiber, and intelligence to best Alonso at his own game.
At first, Alonso seems like an ideal partner to be with if you are in the police force. However, Jake and the audience find out that he is anti-social, manipulative, and willing to take what he wants without remorse.
To the opposite, Jake becomes a stronger person and a more effective police officer as the film progresses. He stops two men on the street from physically abusing a high school girl, which pays off for him later after he faces another near fatal betrayal from Alonso.
The concept of karma plays out for Jake, as he is able to resist the corrupting influence of Alonso and remain on the right side of the law by doing his job even under great personal pressure.
Instead of letting the power and authority entrusted in him get to his head, Jake is able to become not just a better police officer than Alonso by the end of the film but a better human being. Overall, this movie is a morality tale of two men who have different intentions when it comes to being a police officer, which puts them at odds with each other.Oct 05, · The movie, directed by Antoine Fuqua ("Bait") and written by David Ayer ("The Fast and the Furious") keeps pushing him, and by the end, it has pushed him right into pure fantasy.
Antoine in the earlier scenes seems extreme but perhaps believable; by the end, he's like a monster from a horror film, unkillable and implacable.3/5. After festival screenings in September , Antoine Fuqua's thriller Training Day debuted a month later in wide release to critical acclaim, eventually nabbing more than $ million in .
Director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington first teamed up on Training Day (), a movie that earned Washington an Oscar for Best Actor and Fuqua a steady supply of work on films like.
Antoine Fuqua’s Training Day is a spectacular and dingy tale of morality overflowing with great acting, wonderful pacing, and themes that are simultaneously prescient and timeless.
The film resonates louder and louder with each instance of police violence across the nation, as those in power. Antoine Fuqua’s Training Day is a spectacular and dingy tale of morality overflowing with great acting, wonderful pacing, and themes that are simultaneously prescient and timeless.
The film resonates louder and louder with each instance of police violence across the nation, as those in power. The Fast and the Furious () screenwriter David Ayer follows up that fast-paced action hit with this gritty cop drama from director Antoine Fuqua.