The Player (Thursdays, 10/9C) is NBC’s latest ludicrous crime show – like The Blacklist and this season’s other off-the-wall series Blindspot it’s meant to be an action-packed hour that takes an almost reasonable sounding premise and blow it up for our entertainment.
Ludicrous, I might add, does not mean bad – The Blacklist is one of the most purely entertaining, high-energy shows on network television. The Player may not, quite, be another Blacklist, but it is an hour of supercharged fun.
The reason clichés become clichés is that they are rooted in truth. In Brooklyn’s Finest, director Antoine Fuqua [Training Day] and screenwriter Michael C. Mann attempt to see through the clichés to the truth that lies beneath. They are only partially successful.
The film follows three cops – about to be retired Eddie [Richard Gere], overwhelmed family man Sal [Ethan Hawke] and undercover cop Tango [Don Cheadle] – through a few very pressure packed days in the worst part of the most crime ridden precinct in Brooklyn.
The folks at Sony sent over a bunch of clips for Wesley Snipe’s latest epic – The Art of War II: Betrayal. I liked the first movie and have always been a fan of the Snipes. It hits the streets August 12. This might be Wesley’s last movie for awhile, so check it out. Free Wesley Snipes, free Wesley Snipes! As a bonus you can even rip this to your iPod or any other portable movie player. I’m sure Sony would like me to say PSP, so there you go. Anyhoo, here’s some clippage and the synopsis after the break.