Comparison: Training Day and Sergeant Alonzo Harris Essay

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Training Day is a good film; it has a lot of big name actors/actresses in the film. The plot of the film is excellent and the suspense of what was going to happen next kept me on the edge of my seat. However; some of the scenes in the film I didn’t like or agree with. For instance; the role Denzel played was not appealing to some of his loyal fans. Playing a rough and shady officer of the law just didn’t suit him. It also portrays the fact that most people view police officers as being shady and would do anything to make an arrest and this movie confirms there assumption’s. In this 2001 drama filled movie Training Day Denzel Washington plays (Sergeant Alonzo Harris) a corrupt cop who has agreed to a ride along with rookie cop named (Jake Hoyt) played by Ethan Hawke. Sergeant Harris has agreed to show Officer Jake the ropes to being a narcotic cop in the rough streets of Los Angeles and just maybe officer Hoyt will earn a position on Sergeant Harris’s elite narcotic squad. It has always been a dream of officer Hoyt to be in the Los Angeles narcotic division. The plot starts as any normal cop movie does with chasing criminals, but as the day starts to take an unusual turn officer Jake starts to see that Sergeant Harris is not the upstanding officer he thought he was and that this day is not going to be just a regular day of patrolling the streets. Sergeant Harris plays the most corrupt and meanest narcotics cop in the city. He cruises the streets of Los Angeles in a customized car busting drug dealers and robbing well known gangsters. His main purpose is to get the job done by any means necessary. Sergeant Alonzo motto, “If you don’t intimidate the streets, it will kill you”. This is what he is trying to instill into the rookie cop, Jake Hoyt if he wants to be promoted into the narcotics squad. Officer Hoyt’s eagerness to learn from his superior takes him on a day filled with the unexpected events…