Rating: 2.5 stars
Have we simply run out of good cop stories to tell? Since Serpico, it seems that every other cop movie is some iteration of the same theme—corrupt cops, compromised values, and torn loyalties. Sometimes, we throw in gangsters (The Departed; American Gangster). Sometimes we give it a twisted buddy angle (Training Day; Blue Steel). And sometimes, we show how all this corruption affects a cop family (We Own the Night; The Big Easy.)
Pride and Glory falls into the latter category—it’s about a big, Irish family of cops, mostly good cops who are nonetheless willing to turn a blind eye to some small-level corruption.
Ray (Edward Norton, in a credible slow burn) is the most conflicted of the bunch. He was forced to lie on the witness stand about a cop killing (that also left him physically scarred) and the experience made him so depressed and guilt-racked, he pulled himself off the streets. Now there’s been a drug bust gone wrong—four cops are dead and Ray’s police captain father (Jon Voight) has...