Wednesday, January 09, 2008

"I didn't sign up for this"

Training Day is a film that does not show me the concept behind a buddy cop film. I feel that people may be confusing the films absolute purpose with the concept of buddy cop films. Just because we are discussing buddy cop films, doesn't mean that every film we watch examplifies that idea. Yes, the two men appeared as partners, but Denzel always manipulates and tempts Hawke. Is that what a buddy or a partner would do? I don't think so, at least not by putting a gun to their head. There were so many red flags throughout the movie that showed that Denzel's role did not express a great partner. Since Denzel was the more experienced, his advice and guidance was nothing for Hawke to follow and abide by. Do people see that?

What is so "buddy cop" about this film? It seemed as if Denzel was always on Hawke's case through every case, situation and battle they were faced with. Now in the end, Denzel betrays Hawke and basically tries to frame him. Luckily, the tables were turned and Denzel was now the outsider.

What I noticed during the film and I would like to know if anyone else caught it. When Hawke and Denzel were in Denzel's home and they were having a shoot out. Did anyone notice how Denzel saw Hawke through the glass cabinet? Similarily to In the Heat of the Night during the autopsy and even in Se7en.


Blogger Sweet Sweetback (DIrvin) said...

That was a nice touch, seeing the reflection seen used in the gun fight scene. It is definitely another reference to cop movies. Not sure how intentional the reference was to In The Heat of the Night, but still it was a cool reference. There was a lot of cop action in that movie, but it was a Buddy Cop movie with a twist where to cops end up fighting at the end and one eventually dies. It follows the formula for a bit, but soon the movie takes on a dramatic twist of its own.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Vladigogo said...

I saw it. I thought it was cool.

So are you saying this is not a buddy
cop film? Is it the anti-buddy cop film? Is it using the sub-genre of the buddy cop film to throw us off to create something different? Like Se7en does?

How does the film address the issue of the racial composition of the two cops?

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that this is a buddy cop film despite the relationship you talk about. The reason that Alonzo is so hard on Hawke is because he is the one with more experience and Jake is the one that has much too learn. The streets are a tough place especially for a white rookie like Hoyt. Yes Alonzo does betray Jake, but it only happens at the end of the movie. It would appear throughout most of the movie that they were becoming better as partners, but you would not know that Denzel would betray Hoyt by the end of the flick. I think that this is a bi-racial buddy cop film.

7:29 PM  
Blogger paigecole said...

I think it is just a different take on a buddy cop film. It shows their struggle to work together and to conform to one another's ways of doing their job. However, in this film the two weren't able to become true partners, though it seemed at one point they had broken the barriers between their differences, in the end betrayal took over and loyalty was totally lost.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Hayden Cadwalader said...

Paige makes a fair point, by saying that it still is a buddy cop film, but just through a different lens. But i still think that it differentiates itself from buddy cop films because the two agents end up trying to kill each other, and Harris ends up getting killed. In Lethal Weapon, the two come together at the end, but in Se7en, the two end up falling apart because Mills kills John Doe.

1:41 PM  

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