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’21 Bridges’ Movie Review

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Movie Information:

Release Date: November 22nd, 2019

MPA Rating: R (for violence and language throughout)

Runtime: 1 hr 39 min

Directed By: Brian Kirk

Written By: Adam Mervis, Matthew Michael Carnahan

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Stephan James, Keith David, and Taylor Kitsch


21 Bridges begins with us watching a young Andre Davis attending his father’s funeral, who was murdered while on duty. This drives Davis (Chadwick Boseman) to become a cop years later. His reputation precedes him as he has recorded 8 kills while working for the NYPD. He is also known for hunting down “cop killers.”

We then see two former war vets committing a crime. Michael Trujillo (Stephan James) and Ray Jackson (Taylor Kitsch) are on a heist where they intend to steal a few kilograms of cocaine, only to discover there is a lot more than they expected. Police show up, there is a shootout, and multiple officers are murdered. Now the pair are on the run.

Davis is assigned to the case, and is accompanied by Frankie Burns (Sienna Miller), a narcotics detective. Soon, the two have friction with the FBI who want to take over the case. Davis convinces them to give him until daylight to find the culprits. This leads him to order Manhattan locked down, which results in the 21 bridges being blockaded.  

The rest of the movie shows Davis and Burns attempting to track down the killers. There are some unexpected twists and turns along the way that convince Davis that there is more to this story than anyone originally thought.


For those of us who enjoy a good police movie, and better yet, are Chadwick Boseman fans, 21 Bridges is an ideal movie to watch. It has all the traits you would expect in a good police movie. There are shoot-outs, standoffs, foot chases, and of course, car chases. Kirk (the director) does not go over board with any of these action sequences.

Besides this, we get to watch Davis and Burns interacting as they seek to find the killers. Davis has a bit of a transformation throughout the movie which is good to watch. Although 21 Bridges does not go down as one of the best cop movies ever, it is still highly entertaining to watch.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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