21 Bridges movie review - Aussieboyreviews


There’s definitely a brilliant amount of gun-heavy police action within 21 Bridges, an entertaining and likeable action-thriller for teens. It kicks in to the story quick and the excitement is exceptional.


Andre, an aggressive police officer, determines to put an end to two war-veterans-turned-killers after they shoot down a few officers during a heist.

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Movie details

Director: Brian Kirk
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, J. K. Simmons, Stephan James, Taylor Kitsch, Keith David
Writer: Adam Mervis, Matthew Michael Carnahan
Release Date (Australia): 24 October 2019
Runtime: 99 minutes/1h 39m
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains crime themes including police corruption and drug dealing.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains multiple shootouts that feature depictions of people being shot with accompanying blood sprays and blood detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains frequent use of the word “f**k” and use of the word “s**t”.

Drug Use (M)

The film contains drug dealing and features depictions of packaged cocaine and people tasting cocaine.

mpaa rating

R (for violence and language throughout)

Aussie boy's thoughts

It’s difficult to engage with the introduction to 21 Bridge’s storyline, but it kicks in quick with loads of drug-themed crime and gun-heavy action, resulting in simple but surprisingly genius entertainment. Set in New York City, closing all the entries and exits to the land and beginning a citywide manhunt, Brian Kirk’s pacy action-thriller provides fans of the genre with an incredibly exciting story, with a dash of drama as well.

Although the start of the crime takes place within a fair amount of time, followed up by awesome shootout sequences and car chases, the first 15 minutes definitely take time to introduce us to the story. We meet Chadwick Boseman’s strong cop character, who comes with a little bit of background subject matter. Unfortunately, the start of the film is not the section that will grip you. The police vs. criminals plot begins soon after.

As you would and should expect from an action-thriller flick, the camera cleverly follows certain characters with nice angles. The characters, both the protagonists and the antagonists, are also extremely appealing. The ending is well-constructed, properly thought out and executed well, although many may not take appreciation for it. There’s nothing truly new and there isn’t much depth, but it’s still very impressive, surprising and enjoyable.

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