Washington handles Hawke
in 'Training Day'
Starring Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke
By Koroush Ghanean
Daily Cougar Staff
There aren't many actors who can play a
noble Academy Award-nominated role in one movie and play the total opposite
Ethan Hawke stars opposite
Denzel Washington in the film Training Day. Hawke plays a neophyte cop
who wishes to become a detective in the Los
Angeles Police Department.
In fact, there are probably only two in
modern times. Mel Gibson is one -- Denzel Washington is the other.
Washington's latest foray into the movie
world is Training Day, a police thriller also starring Ethan Hawke.
In Training Day, we see a side of Washington
that we haven't seen in a long time.
A side that is generally absent from his
Oscar nominated movies.
A side where he not only kicks butt but,
oh yeah, he chews gum too.
The story involves Hawke's character, Jake
Hoyt's, first day on the job as an inner city Los Angeles narcotics cop.
At that job he meets with Washington, who
plays his boss, Alonzo Harris.
Hoyt has 24 hours to convince Alonzo he
has the cajones to be the newest member of Alonzo's team.
That is a task that not even Hoyt is up
In the first few minutes that Hoyt is with
Alonzo, Alonzo gets him to try PCP and marijuana in his pimped out Monte
Now generally we don't see Denzel do these
kind of things in his other movies, which have him playing the noble indiscriminate
This movie wasn't made for an Oscar, this
movie was made for fun.
Alonzo is the modern day equivalent to
Scarface, except for one thing, Scarface was the hero in his movie, Alonzo
At times he is worse than the criminals
he is supposed to be catching -- from robbing one drug dealer to murdering
Alonzo is so bad that not even the drug
dealers want to shake his hand.
Hoyt finds himself deeper in the dirt that
is the narcotics department, which happens to have a cameo of Dr. Dre as
one of the dirty cops under Alonzo.
Hawke plays his part well, making what
would be a dull role into something that the audience can almost relate
to. I say that because I doubt there are a lot
of narcotics cops out there watching this
However, this is Washington's movie.
He electrifies every scene that he is in
and gives the characters an undeniable charisma.
Although he plays a murderer, thief and
backstabber, he still shows control and is just plain cool throughout the
The movie's climax is the fist-fight between
Hoyt and Alonzo, a fist fight that the director catches perfectly.
The fight is classic in the sense of old
There is no kung fu, or karate, just two
men duking it out with each other, slamming each other through windows
It is really cool to watch because both
actors play their parts so well.
Training Day might not win Washington an
Oscar, but it is sure to please anyone going to watch it.
A cool movie with a plot that twists around
enough to keep everyone interested, but not lost.
Definitely worth the seven bucks the tickets
will cost you.