TV & Video Review: Pride and Glory (DVD)

TV & Video Review: Pride and Glory (DVD)

If a film is released and the central characters are a family of cops, it’s not surprising to discover the family is Irish. Pride and Glory is that movie. The title refers to the reason these guys joined the force, although for some it wasn’t enough. Francis Jr. a.k.a. Franny (Noah Emmerich) is a commanding […]

If a film is released and the central characters are a family of cops, it’s not surprising to discover the family is Irish. Pride and Glory is that movie. The title refers to the reason these guys joined the force, although for some it wasn’t enough.

Francis Jr. a.k.a. Franny (Noah Emmerich) is a commanding officer and four of his men were just killed in a raid gone terribly wrong. They know who’s responsible but not who tipped him off. Ray (Ed Norton), Franny’s younger brother, has been assigned to the team investigating the murders but what he uncovers doesn’t look good for his brother or their brother-in-law Jimmy (Colin Farrell).

The film follows the patterns of a traditional cop drama, which means intense moments, strong emotions, a mystery that leads back to the department, and brutal violence. It doesn’t quite live up to the bar set by 2006’s The Departed but it definitely holds its own.

The performances from Norton, Farrell, Emmerich and Jon Voight, who plays their former police chief father, are terrific as the characters struggle with the morality of their actions, where their loyalties lie, and which path to take in the end. Norton in particular is top notch in this picture. Moreover, many of the extras are actual gang members to give the film some authenticity.

The final sequences are a little too “just desserts” even for the genre but it’s definitely worth checking out.

The DVD has one bonus feature described on the back cover as a “comprehensive documentary.” And that it is. “Source of Pride: the Making of Pride and Glory” runs just over an hour. It goes behind-the-scenes seven weeks before shooting, showing location scouts and colourful auditions, and follows the production to the wrap, documenting difficulties between Norton and director Gavin O’Connor.