"21 Bridges" follows an embattled NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman), who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all '21 Bridges' to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island.
Oversimplified yet muddled cop thriller that badly wants to be an action film. Swapping conversation for endless gun battles, 21 Bridges doesn't short change on the set-pieces, however, it's a bit empty above the neck. A muddled plot which champions the hard working ethics of the police, yet presents 9 out of 10 as corrupt drug dealers is a hard sell. Well acted, the script is largely cornball, and Chadwick Boseman (in the lead role) struggles to convince here, whereas he's pretty much owned every other role I've seen him in (42, Get On Up, Black Panther). It's alright but this makes Den of Thieves look like Heat.