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21 Bridges

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Decent NYC cop drama has violence, language.

Movie R 2019 99 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 11+

this movie was DA BOMB (:

wow this movie had a great flow to it and just bam bam bam bam bam that's all the fact that the movie was just non stop and nothing every stopped maybe for a second when they were in a house trying to hide drugs in a safe (spoiler alert) but anyways this movie was nonstop and just great I for sure recommend it
age 13+

Action packed- fast paced.

Good movie, fast paced, full of action. Great actors. Keeps you guessing the entire movie. I’d say children over 13yrs, if mature enough. Some language, violence, drug mention. There is one scene where a couple is arrested at their home from their bed, but no sexual activity. Female is wearing tank top and shorts, and it might be a little much for younger kids, but nothing “showing”.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This New York City cop action drama has a bit of a stiff start and a somewhat silly ending, but in between, it's a brisk, no-frills entertainment, thanks mainly to Boseman's star charisma. 21 Bridges begins with an attempt to explain young Andre's motivations, which isn't really followed up -- or really needed. Then there's an awkwardly written scene of grown-up Andre being interrogated by Internal Affairs. But after that, things get going very quickly, and director Brian Kirk -- a TV veteran (Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, etc.) making his feature debut -- keeps the ball rolling.

For most of the movie, the action is fairly clean, interactions are brief, and Kirk makes excellent, colorful use of Manhattan, from villains' lairs to the underbellies of restaurants and hotels. Boseman is well paired with Miller, who's tough and relentless while looking a bit shabby and ratty; she certainly isn't defined by her looks or gender. The two cop killers, likewise, are more than just sneering bad guys. They have a history and a shorthand, and they're smart and scared. It's all pretty good until the final showdown, which does have one or two interesting themes but then throws it all away on a rush job. Still, Boseman is commanding from start to finish, and 21 Bridges is a passable enough entertainment for fans of the genre.

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