Verdict: This pulpy cop thriller will keep you on edge.

Produced by the Russo Brothers, 21 Bridges brings Chadwick Boseman outside of his Black Panther get-up to take on the role of a tough NYPD detective. The action-thriller is directed by Brian Kirk who has earlier worked on episodes of Dexter, Luther, and Game of Thrones.

What’s 21 Bridges About:

When a late-night drug heist spirals out of control, two criminals (Stephan James and Taylor Kitsch) find themselves leaving behind seven dead police officers. That’s when a homicide cop, Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman), proclaims that they will “flood the island with blue”, ordering a total lockdown of the city of Manhattan. With the FBI ready to take over the case, the NYPD has until 5 am to nab the culprits. Davis partners up with a narcotics detective (Sienna Miller) for the citywide manhunt only to discover that the cop killers are not the only ones that are guilty.

What Works:

21 Bridges is a high-concept cop thriller if we’ve ever seen one. Director Brian Kirk empowers a clear-cut script from writers Adam Mervis and Matthew Michael Carnahan with crisp sequences in the slick set-up of Manhattan. Living up to its title, the chase rightly takes us through the city, from Chinatown to the Meat District and more. The action is lucid, compelling, and thrilling enough to capture your attention. Christian Isaiah kicks off the film with a gripping foundation as young Andre. Most of all, 21 Bridges is a stimulating police drama supported by the serious talents of Chadwick Boseman and Taylor Kitsch. Sienna Miller, Stephan James, and J. K. Simmons are also great additions to the cast.

What Could’ve Been Better:

21 Bridges is a satisfying cop thriller that doesn’t go much further than its formulaic plot. This is not the stylistic action flick that captures your attention with VFX-laden, hard-boiled stunt sequences. It trades all of that to focus on the punchy dialogues and stimulating drama.

Why You Should Watch:

21 Bridges is a thrilling cop-and-criminal chase that’s definitely worth the watch. It’s also a treat to watch Chadwick Boseman out of his superhero avatar as Black Panther.