When Andre Davis was young, his father was a murdered NYPD officer. 19 years later and he is a police officer with a reputation for killing cop killers. He spends a lot of time speaking with IAD but they always clear him.
In the middle of the night, two veterans turned criminal Ray Jackson and Micheal Trujillo rob a coke dealer of 30 keys. After getting into the freezer when the blow is kept, it turns out that it is filled with a lot more than that and it is uncut. When trying to leave, four officers casually turn up and the pair have to shoot their way out. Eight downed officers later, they escape and need to find a way to sell the coke, get their money, and leave the city. With Davis on the case, he orders that all 21 bridges in the city are closed until morning.
21 BRIDGES is the debut film by director Brian Kirk. Adam Mervis and Matthew Michael Carnahan wrote the screenplay with the story by Adam Mervis. The film has a story with a lot of layers that get deeper as it progresses. The cast is made up of some great actors and together they bring they make the movie work.
Chadwick Boseman as Andre Davis
Sienna Miller as Frankie Burns
J. K. Simmons as Captain Matt McKenna
Stephan James as Michael Trujillo
Taylor Kitsch as Ray Jackson
Keith David as Deputy Chief Spencer
Alexander Siddig as Adi
Christian Isaiah as young Andre Davis
The video is a 1080p AVC presentation and it has a well-done transfer. With the majority of the movie being at night, the blacks are inky and have no real muddling of the shadows in the night. Details are sharp in the textures of clothing, skin, and the bars that the cops wear. Most of the backgrounds in the images are clear and look great. Scenes look busy and lived in with plenty happening in certain settings. Aside from the lights on the cop cars, there isn’t a whole lot of bright coloring. Skin tones are warm and natural.
The audio is a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix that is solid. One of the most notable parts of it is when the helicopters fly by and they move across the sound field. They also have clean LFEs from the chopper blades. Gunfire in the firefights has bullets whizzing directionally. The weapons also have effects that sound different in the various environment with some nice reverberation. The same goes for the echoes of the city from sirens to the normal sounds in NYC. Voices are prioritized properly and work well with the effects as well as the score.
SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING
-Audio Commentary: with Director Brian Kirk and Editor Tim Murrell
2-Disc Set w/ 1 Blu-ray and 1 DVD
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
THE BOTTOM LINE
21 BRIDGES is an entertaining film with a plot that isn’t too terribly hard to figure out. The impressive acting is the film’s saving grace. The movie is more character-driven than by the action and that may not exactly meet the expectations set by the trailers. Both the audio and video are remarkable. The extras are very, very light with really only one bonus feature included. I like the film and if you’re in the mood for a crime thriller, give this a look.