Pride and Glory
by Del Harvey
Available on DVD on January 27, 2009.
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Pride and Glory is a tough and gritty drama about a family of NYPD cops, played by Edward Norton, Noah Emmerich, Jon Voight, and Colin Farrell. This superb collection of actors provide the depth and energy which drives the pathos and tragedy of the story. Written by Joe Carnahan and directed by Gavin O’Connor, Pride and Glory is one of the best action dramas of 2008 and was grossly ignored by critics and audiences alike.
When four New York City cops are brutally killed in an ambush, the entire police department goes on alert and on edge. All signs indicate there’s a cop killer on the loose. Chief of Detectives Francis Tierney, Sr (Jon Voight), asks his son, Detective Ray Tierney (Edward Norton) to lead the investigation. He not only truly believes in his son, he also wants to see him get back on the streets and kick his depression; Ray and his wife are separated. Under pressure from his father, Ray takes on the case, knowing the cops who were killed were not only his friends, but they served under his brother, Francis Tierney Jr (Noah Emmerich), as well as alongside his brother-in-law Jimmy Eagan (Colin Farrell).
Ray digs deep into the case, making some unusual discoveries and observations along the way, until pretty soon he’s got a witness who admits that one of the shooters had help from one of their cops. As Ray sinks deeper into the case, he realizes that the evidence keeps pointing in only one direction; to his own brother and brother-in-law. Each new discovery and unearthed fact offers up answers as well as a whole new set of questions, causing deeper rifts among Ray’s own family as well as his brothers in blue until loyalties are broken and trust is all but eliminated. Pushed into a corner by his own morals as well as his family, Ray must find a way to serve the truth and save as many in his family as possible.
Pride and Glory is a powerful and riveting film with a knock-out story driven by some very powerful actors turning in great performances. If you missed this film in the theatres, as I did, then I urge you to see it on DVD.
Watch the trailer here.
The official site is here: http://www.prideandglorymovie.com/
The film is available to buy from Warner Home Video here: http://whv.warnerbros.com/WHVPORTAL/Portal/product.jsp?OID=72447
Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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