This was grossly overrated, but it’s still a pretty entertaining “gritty urban thriller”. Ethan Hawke’s first day on the job as an undercover cop has him under the thumb of a crazed, over the line Denzel Washington. Hawke is forced to do drugs, breaks up a rape, makes Snoop Dogg puke, and is almost killed in a bathtub. Denzel turns out to be a really bad guy, so goodie two shoes Hawke must bring him down. Denzel is good in his flashy role, but I really don’t think he deserved an Oscar for a by the numbers police thriller. Also starring Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger and Dr. Dre. Director Antoine Fuqua also directed The Replacement Killers. Dark Blue (2003) is a much better corrupt cop movie.