Stinkin' badges

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Pride and Glory feels like sitting through a long, slow lecture on police procedurals in a filmmaking 101 class. There's a certain comforting familiarity in the style of director Gavin O'Connor -- who made the unfortunately forgotten and underappreciated Tumbleweeds in 1999 -- as he's bloated his film with every cop movie cliche imaginable, right down to the family of Irish cops at the film's core.

Ray (a slumming Edward Norton) is the family's moral centerpiece as he works the unglamorous missing persons beat, while brother Francis (Noah Emmerich) is a respected team leader who'll let a few things slide in the interest of getting the job done.

One member of his team is their brother-in-law Jimmy (Colin Farrell), who sees no problem with taking care of himself first while working the streets of New York's Washington Heights.

When four of Francis' men get killed in a bust gone wrong, Ray hits the streets again as part of the task force trying to catch the lone surviving bad guy, but the trail of money and corruption may be leading back to Jimmy and his partners instead.

There are a few shocking moments -- a bit with Jimmy, a baby and a scalding hot iron, for instance -- but most are only there to satisfy the film's violence quota. Outside of those, however, the picture is actually rather bland. There's nothing to differentiate it from the dozens of other generic cop movies released every year.

"Pride and Glory"

Opens Friday