For the most part, the critics are trashing “21 Bridges” starring Chadwick Boseman. The main reason for the low ratings for this solid movie is because all or most of this story has been done before in one form or another in other movies or TV shows. The problem is, police stories in movies or TV dramas have dominated the industry for many years and because of that, every idea, surprise ending, gun fight, police corruption, or massive injustice has already been seen. What remains is judging the quality of the production, the acting and how believable the story is. In my opinion, 21 Bridges, along with the recent “Black and Blue” – also trashed by the critics, connects on all counts and should be considered a very solid and entertaining police drama. My rating for this movie is a solid 80%, not the wrong and very low 45% on Rotten Tomatoes.
All of the acting 21 Bridges is outstanding, with Chadwick Boseman as the lead detective trying to find 2 criminals who killed 8 cops during a drug shootout. Sienna Miller is unrecognizable as one of the police offers helping to find the 2 killers and J.K. Simmons as the police captain.
Some would argue that closing all 21 Bridges out of New York City in the middle of the night, is something that could never happen. For a seasoned movie goer, some of the surprises were easy to figure out within the first hour, but the story was so well told, none of this mattered. Once again, the critics are very wrong and I recommend 21 Bridges.