Movie Review: 21 bridges

From left, J.K. Simmons, Chadwick Boseman and Sienna Miller in “21 Bridges.”
  • Film: 21 bridges
  • Director: Brian Kirk
  • Starcast: Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Taylor James, Taylor Kitsch, J.K. Simmons. 

The above should’ve been re-written as just Taylor the brothers James & Kitsch because they’re basically what made the film sail through. 

So I watched 21 bridges last night, had been looking forward to it for quite a while. The film follows the life of a 13 year old boy (Andre) who lost his cop dad to a coke addict who later on goes on to confess that he didn’t even remember what he’d done because he was that high. Andre grows up with the cop DNA and a vengeance to make sure no cop is ever lost again. He stumbles upon a case, where 8 cops are killed at a major coke dealing gone wrong. It’s the kind of case he’s been waiting for, but later discovers that it’s the dirty cops who were responsible for all of it. 

While the story in itself, seems very intriguing and could’ve been as gripping as ever, it ends up being quite boring and convenient. There’s a strange kind of abrupt dullness to the whole film. This production of the Russo brothers, is laden with too many montages and music cuts, it slows down the pace of the film and any intrigue that might’ve built. Chadwick Boseman (Andre) often slips in and out of his Brooklyn accent to the Black panther lingo.He’s performed pretty well otherwise, but the rest of the cast, I felt was immensely wrong. Stephen James stands out with an above average performance in a character which is a tough one.Sienna Miller, ugh.

She just couldn’t convince me of anything!Weird pouty way of speaking just annoys, while putting on an abysmal performance. Very wrong choice for such a complex character in which I couldn’t help but picture how well Merritt Wever (from Unbelievable) would’ve played it. She brought down the happenings on screen by 40%, if not more. JK Simmons plays himself, per usual. 

It’s such a shame, the film follows the ‘every frame a picture’ scheme but couldn’t enamour as much as one would’ve hoped.This film sets an example about just how important casting is for a film. If your characters and story come to life through the wrong actors, the whole film will fall apart. 


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Saloni Chandra is a Casting Professional in Bollywood, currently working with Mr. Anurag Kashyap. She aims to discover the best talents from all over India and hopefully represent an improvised version of the Indian film-making ideology at a global stage in the future. She’s an anchor, performer, passionate filmmaker and an avid film critic. She’s an Electronics and Electrical engineer but admits she’s never had an affinity for a technical, textbook education. Infamously known as ‘knitpickysaloni’, she considers herself lucky that an OCD, control freak of a perfectionist like her found her calling in a job where she can put all these qualities to use- Film critiquing and picking the best actors out of an ocean!

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