Cinema: Bad Cop, Good Cop

Denzel Washington flashes fire and vicious wit in the hot-wired police drama Training Day

Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) is brutal, cynical, corrupt and bad tempered. He is also funny and, when the mood is on him, strangely seductive. You know better than to root for him, but with Washington's hot-wired performance, it is impossible to root against him.

In Training Day Alonzo's a rogue narc working the Los Angeles streets where he learned his mean lessons. On a single very violent day, covered at top speed with harsh intensity by director Antoine Fuqua, Alonzo has to murderously bust a drug dealer he has been stalking for a decade. At the same time, he's got to...

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