Training Day

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Released 2001

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Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Training Day is a 2001 police drama that follows a single day in the life of Los Angeles police officer Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke). Hoyt is schedule to be evaluated by Detective Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington), a high-level narcotics officer who has the potential to promote Jake. At first Jake is hesitant to follow Alonzo's orders, but when Alonzo threatens him by holding a gun to his head, Jake does what he wishes and smokes some recently seized marijuana. After using a phony search warrant for Alonzo to steal drug money, Jake begins to realize that Alonzo is not the good cop he once thought he was. They then meet Alonzo's girlfriend Sara (Eva Mendes) and Alonzo's son. Alonzo then threatens Jake with delivering money to some compatriots in order to receive an arrest warrant. When everything comes to a head, Jake is threatened with his life and Alonzo is caught in the illegalities he committed. Training Day earned Denzel Washington an Academy Award for his performance.moreless

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  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Ominously atmospheric study of police corruption dangles danger and sinister motives at every turn.

  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Mr. Washington's dry-ice grandeur -- the predator's reflexes contrasting with a pensive mouth -- deserves regard, and his powerhouse virtuosity will almost guarantee him an Oscar n...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Though Training Day doesn't resolve itself as well as it deserves and ends strictly cops-and-robbers style, it's given us some great acting and something to ponder. Not every cop s...

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    • Alonzo: Aww... you motherfuckers. Ok. Alright. I'm putting cases on all you bitches.You think you can do this shit...Hey Jake. You think you can do this to me? You motherfuckers will be playing basketball in Pelican Bay when I get finished with you. SHU program, nigga. 23 hour lockdown. I'm the man up in this piece. You'll never see the light of... who the fuck do you think you're fucking with!? I'm the police, I run shit around here. You just live here! Yeah, that's right, you better walk away. Go on and walk away... 'cause I'm gonna' burn this motherfucker down. King Kong ain't got shit on me! That's right, that's right. Shit, I don't, fuck. I'm winning anyway, I'm winning... I'm winning any motherfucking way. I can't lose. Yeah, you can shoot me, but you can't kill me.

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Thrillers, Crime