In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he ... See full summary »
1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.
Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. Written by
When the writer and the director of a movie are the same people, you know that what you see on the screen is most probably, exactly what he/she intended.
This movie deals with a cop's son and his family and a Russian organized crime group. I think the director couldn't make up his mind in making this a love story or an action thriller! There are more scenes of passionate make out/sex sessions than any other scene.
It is unfortunate that a studio spends so much money and wastes great acting talents on bad writing and worse directing. This movie had moments that could have brought up the interests of the audience and attract them to what was happening on the screen, but instead, it missed its chances time after time. May be James Gray didn't want to come across as cliché, but it sure would have beaten the heck out of making a boring movie.
This movie is boring and the content does not make sense. There are more naïve criminals and law enforcement officers in this movie than a cartoon. This movie is not recommended.
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