Pawn Movie Reviews
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Ahem, ahem: not really into the whole 'cops-n-robbers' genre since it's been done to death (and life after death too) but I have to admit that this one is done very well. It kind of reminded me of a good episode of "The Shield" or "The Practice" - something really original and bizarre that David E. Kelley would have written back in his Ally McBeal heyday. Forrest Whitaker steals the show with his performance as the ultimate cop hero. There's just something so watchable about this man, and there always has been, even before he won the Oscar for that terrifying and flawless performance as Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland". Michael Chiklis is also good but I think he has played one too many mob leaders. Someone should tell him that only James Gandolfini can get away with so many mobster roles (and even that act is getting old). On the whole, a pretty good movie, though at times a bit cliched.
"Pawn" starts off promising but then ends up getting buried under the weight of its own superfluous details that you kind of wish it were two (or even three) movies instead of just one. There is the cop played by Forrest Whitaker who for some reason has a British accent (at least I think it was a British accent). Then you have the bad guy underworld don played by Michael Chiklis. He is a typical baddie who does bad things because he wants power. He maintains that power through these giant goons that follow him like shadows (seriously, though: where did they find these huge actors? they are HUGE!!!). The bad guys spends the movie shooting down cops and trying to take cop family members away. All the while there are three of four subplots going on that never get adequately resolved. It might make more sense to turn this kind of movie into a series. The acting is good, the script so-so.