On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, rookie LA cop, Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) is sent out on the streets with veteran detective Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) for a day that will make or break him. Pass the test he becomes a detective. Fail, it's back to traffic duty. As Alonzo pushes his young charge to cross lines and break rules, Jake's misgivings about his superior grow as he begins to suspect that Alonzo does not simply push the boundaries... he has become a rogue cop.
A well deserved award for best actor. Denzel and Ethan give mesmerising performances. The film has a good flow to it an almost imperceptible increase in tempo and intensity through to the finale. Some of the plot is not well explained. I had to rewind and put sub-titles on a few times to understand the patois. Even then significant exchanges were incomprehensible. Towards the end the violence was generally gratuitous and not particularly gripping. Overall though I thought it was a good idea and liked most of it.