This movie is outstandingly violent. At the one hour mark of this 129-minute film, I was so disgusted with the blood, guts, and hatred that I was ready to walk. I decided to postpone my decision to leave until I gave director Gavin O'Connor one more scene.
And then it dawned on me that if I was that emotionally distraught, what in the world could possibly be in store in the next hour. That "next scene" was off-the-charts violent and bloody but I decided to hang in there.
"Pride and Glory" is the classic good cop/bad copy starring Edward Norton and Colin Farrell as brothers-in-law. The setting is present-day New York and the good ole NYPD have not taken a hit on their image like this since "Serpico."
I'm not going to tell you which of these big hunky stars is the good cop and which is the bad cop. Oh ok, I'll give you a hint: Ed Norton is not the bad cop but he has a glaringly obvious two inch scar on his left cheek. And Colin Farrell dishes out some brutality that made me wince.
The story centers on a family of Irish-Catholic cops with Jon Voight as the patriarch. The names of the players are Jimmy, Francis, and Raymond; can't get much more Irish; oh yeah I forgot that Francis was called "Frannie."
Director O'Connor (don't ask me where he got the dramatic guts to make a movie about Irish NYPD cops) began this saga with pronounced intensity and emotional upheaval and never let up. If the use of the "F" bomb is any indication of intensity, then this flick gets high marks for intensity.
This movie is not for everyone; heck it's not for most. I enjoyed it out of respect for the professionalism of the product and the superb acting, but I don't care if I ever see it again. All of the characters were flawed badly without ample chance of timely redemption which resulted in only slight caring on my part.
However, I think it would have been great fun to be a part of the decision-making process of which of the two stars would be the good and bad cop. Norton and Farrell are at the top of their games and either could have withstood the challenge of corruption and courage. I'm not sure Director O'Connor made the right choice.
Now that would be interesting: let's re-make this movie and allow Norton and Farrell to switch parts. Rock 'n Roll.