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It was supposed to be a simple drug theft, but in the end, eight cops are dead. The two perps are on the run in Manhattan. For the disgraced Police Detective Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman) this case is the perfect opportunity to polish up his image. Without further ado, he has all 21 bridges leading to Manhattan blocked. Now he only has a few hours to catch the gangsters. But while chasing them, he soon realizes that there is much more behind the case than initially thought. Davis uncovers a huge conspiracy that takes his investigation in a completely different direction - a direction that could be extremely dangerous for him.
"21 Bridges" actually has everything a successful action thriller needs: a convincing leading actor ("Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman), successful producers who know their craft (the Russo brothers who directed the most successful film of all time), a thrilling starting point and a professional who is responsible for the stunts (Andy Gill, who has already coordinated the stunts for several Marvel films and parts of the "Fast & Furious" franchise). In addition, there is a promising director (Brian Kirk, "Game of Thrones", "Luther") and an atmospheric location - most of the scenes were not shot in New York but in Philadelphia.
Despite this, the thriller has become very average in the end. The story starts promisingly, but loses itself more and more in clichés and a certain predictability. The characters are drawn in such a way that you soon realize who is really dirty. Unfortunately, there are no big surprises. The main character shows some very interesting traits, especially at the beginning, but they aren't developed any further towards the finale, so that Davis is just a typical Hollywood cop with a few rough edges at the end.
If the action determines the action, then "21 Bridges" is really entertaining. And especially Taylor Kitsch can really convince as a gangster on the run. Nevertheless: With all the good prerequisites and the potential the story offers in its core, the movie should have been a breathless, thoroughly gripping and surprising cop-thriller. Instead, the movie just turned out to be a decent average movie. Okay, but not really convincing and therefore only worth seeing with some restrictions!
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