Denzel is always a powerhouse actor, but his role as Alonzo is electrifying, terrifying, and unforgettable. Hawke makes an amazing pairing, taking his character on a truly exploratory journey into the darker side of the law.
The details Ayer provides create a story and characters that feel original and fleshed out. The audience is on the same ride as Hawke, venturing into unfamiliar and intimidating territory ruled by a supporting cast that consistently impresses.
This movie has a look and feel that is immersive and tense, and despite Fuqua’s continued and celebrated career, Training Day set a bar that I doubt he’ll ever reach again.
This is a must watch if you’ve yet to see it, and a welcome rewatch for those in need of a Denzel fix.