New York was tough back when Frank Sinatra famously sang, "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere." But man, how things have changed. It's doubtful Old Blue Eyes dreamed of anything close to the nightmarish mean streets laid bare in Brooklyn's Finest.
Antoine Fuqua, who helmed the similarly gritty but distinctly West Coast cop story Training Day, slinks into the nasty crevices of New York's congested melting pot of a borough to see what fuels its fire. His larger story finds room for multiple, smaller plots pertaining to men serving in the NYPD, though each leads down a path of redemption and deals with the slippery slope of compromise.