My friend who attended the screening of 21 Bridges summed it up best after the film had ended. His comment was something along the lines of ‘you know this is the kind of movie that’s perfect for TV viewing but I’d probably never have seen it in a theater if I weren’t your guest.’ I have to agree. Indeed, the crime thriller, 21 Bridges, comes across as the type of thing you’d totally expect to see as filler on the streaming service of your choice. Needless to say it’s truly puzzling as to how it received a wide theatrical release just in time for the holidays. That in itself is more of an intriguing mystery than anything you’ll likely find in the film itself.

Chadwick Boseman and Sienna Miller in 21 Bridges

Chadwick Boseman, squandering whatever clout he earned with his involvement in Black Panther, stars as NYPD cop Andre Davis. He’s on the trail of a pair of robbers who burst into a Brooklyn eatery in order to snatch up some coke. As a result of the event several police officers are slain. Davis, whom we’re told has killed twelve perps in the past, makes it his mission to get to the bottom of things. In doing so he finds that things aren’t so cut and dry and that his colleagues may have been involved (insert yawn here).

21 Bridges is so predictable that one can almost set their stopwatch to the film’s plot revelations. It’s competently made but there’s nothing here that hasn’t been done and done better elsewhere.

21 Bridges is playing everywhere.
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