Pride and Glory
Pride and Glory is another bad cop police drama, this time focusing on a multi-generational family of NYPD officers. Family bonds are the main focus as Ray Tierney investigates a case that puts his brother-in-law slap bang in the middle of a police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is something that he’s learnt to hold on to dearly, but with this truth the Tierney legacy along with the reputation of the entire NYPD is at stake.
It was with some trepidation that I decided to order Pride and Glory, on the surface it looked like it could easily turn out to be another abysmal We Own The Night, but it did have Edward Norton and Colin Farrell in it, so it had the possibility to be something magical.
The storyline is relatively solid, and the pace was a good mix of steady build up and breakneck action. Norton played his usual self but sadly Colin Farrell seemed a little out of depth, finally proving that he handles black comedies much better than serious films. Of course, Pride and Glory strays a little to far from the serious film to really be called one, but it was an entertaining romp for most of its 125-minute runtime.
Sadly however Pride and Glory didn’t seem to know quite how to finish, and what could have been one of the better police dramas of recent years instead settled for something a lot better than We Own The Night, but falling way short of being a film that anyone will remember.
Writer/director Gavin O’Connor really didn’t have anything of merit under his belt prior to Pride and Glory, and whilst I don’t claim to know how the film should have ended, I can at least say that O’Conner would be better served if he left the writing to someone else, or at least had a team of writers to help him overcome any plot short failings.
Pride and Glory at it’s high points is a riveting mix of action and drama, but a few unnecessary plot lines and an unforgivable and messy ending undo most of it’s good work.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Rating: [R16] Contains violence, offensive language and drug use.
Released on: August 20th, 2009
Stars: Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Noah Emmerich, Jennifer Ehle, John Ortiz, Frank Grillo, Shea Whigham, Lake Bell, Carmen Ejogo, Manny Perez, Wayne Duvall, Ramon Rodriguez, Rick Gonzalez, Maximiliano Hernández
Length (Minutes): 130
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Going Deeper: (may contain spoilers)
Pride certainly does come before a fall, but the essence of what caused the brother-in-law to fall was his forgetting what he believed in. The first time he turned his back on what it meant to ‘serve and protect’ lead to a very a slippery slope. Blinded by greed and his own sense of invulnerability, pride swallowed him whole.