21 Bridges Movie Ending Explained (In Detail)

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Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman stars in the action thriller 21 BRIDGES a tough, smart police officer who is on the trail of two cop killers. In our review of the film we reveal why the material disappoints despite its potential.

On the trail of the perpetrators, Andre and Frankie (Sienna Miller) drive through a violent Manhattan.

The plot summary

Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman) hasn’t had an easy life: When he was still a child, his father was fatally injured while he was trying to stop three criminals while on duty for the NYPD. Andre Davis has now become a very capable, but also very critically viewed police officer: the internal affairs department is investigating him because of his frequent use of his service weapon, which was fatal to Andre’s counterpart several times. However, Andre claims that he made no mistakes and only ever defended himself. When two small-time gangsters (Taylor Kitsch and Stephan James) discover mountains of cocaine during a coup one night, several police officers are breathing down their necks. While one of the two gangsters tries hard but carefully to maneuver his way out of the situation, the other shoots the cops without batting an eyelid. There is almost something like anticipation in the NYPD when it becomes apparent that Andre will be assigned to the case, as it promises revenge for the massacre…

Movie meaning of ending

Chadwick Boseman (“Black Panther”) , the lead actor in the world’s most successful solo film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stars. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, the directing brothers behind “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame ,” were brought to the fore as producers who were effective in advertising. And yet, with a budget of $33 million, it only grossed $28.5 million in North America. In addition to the commercial failure of “The Fantastic Journey of Dr. Dolittle” with Robert Downey Jr. in the title role, “21 Bridges” supports the thesis that cinema audiences are not loyal to the Marvel stars outside of the mega-franchise. But in addition to the cinema audience’s lack of loyalty to the Marvel stars, there may be another reason for the economic failure of “21 Bridges”: Unfortunately, the action thriller is simply not good, but only creates generic material from its solid basic idea .

Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman) first has to get an overview of the crime scene.

The central problem with “21 Bridges” is the script by Adam Mervis and Matthew Michael Carnahan, which has little regard for coherent characterization or following through on its thematic threads. The film opens by introducing Chadwick Boseman’s role as the tough and observant Andre Davis as a tough dog who is accused by those around him of having a questionable moral code and a quick-twitch trigger finger, while he describes himself as fair and cautious. In theory, “21 Bridges” tells how this police officer is put to the test by an extreme situation, namely the hunt for two fugitive criminals who leave a trail of corpses behind them: Is Andre what he thinks he is, or is he, what his colleagues see in him? But this elaboration of how Andre Davis goes down: “21 Bridges” observes the work of its main character, but only in a very vague and casual way. And Davis is still the most solidly written character in “21 Bridges”. The rest of the characters behave completely erratically, in such a way that it cannot be conclusively explained even by the plot twists of the season. Characters portrayed as hardened professionals make stupid mistakes, characters shown as careful and compassionate go completely overboard several times for absolutely no reason, supposedly hardened geniuses don’t hide their hidden, nasty intentions at all, and so on… Not that “21 Bridges” is a story about fatal flaw and this would make the thematic glue of the film – it is simply a series of narrative blunders that make it extremely difficult to root for the characters.

That would be just as forgivable as the bogus title (there are not 21 bridges that lead to Manhattan, but 17 bridges – that was the original title of the film – and four tunnels, but who wants to be so hair-splitting about it?) would be the action part in this action thriller is much more convincing than its thrill element. But director Brian Kirk (among others: “Luther”) simply doesn’t give the action any kick: it’s too dark, hectic and small-step to be spectacular, but too timidly wobbled and edited around the peaks of violence that “21 Bridges” turns out to be more robust , tough cop actioner would offer. Cinematographer Paul Cameron relies on very minimal lighting and grainy impressions of the dark alleys of New York, but unlike before with “Collateral,” he fails to give his images a pull and atmospheric expressiveness – instead, his lighting several times swallows up the action scenes. Only an unpretentious Sienna Miller (“Edge of Love”) as a stroppy investigator for the drug agency and Chadwick Boseman’s stoic performance as an uncompromising police officer who repeatedly gets into trouble over the course of “21 Bridges” but doesn’t want to let it show, lift it Film beyond the electronics market grab box level.

Conclusion: “21 Bridges” scores with Chadwick Boseman, but is otherwise a disappointingly generic action thriller full of missed opportunities. Above all, the film title doesn’t really make sense. Because even if all the bridges to Manhattan are ultimately closed, this will have surprisingly little impact on the population.

“21 Bridges” can be seen in USA cinemas from February 6th.

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