Put this item under the category of "Good New/Bad News." The upside is that a movie has just sold out of the Sundance Film Festival at a time when money is short and cries of doom for indie movies have infected Robert Redford's Utah film festival like a virus. And yet here is Senator Distribution shelling out a cool $5 million for the police drama Brooklyn's Finest. Yup, it's a gigunda deal and on the festival's opening weekend yet. So what's the downside? The movie is a steaming pile of inbred TV crap. No offense to the leading actors: Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke and Don Cheadle as cops and Wesley Snipes as the bad guy. They're above-the-call-of-duty actors. But all the flashy directing tricks trotted out by Training Day's Antoine Fuqua can't disguise that this is Cop Show 101 baloney decked out with intimations of Greek tragedy. Word is Fuqua will be asked to change the ending, which plays like Taxi Driver as directed by Michael Bay. I'd start the changes with the pretentious beginning and move on from there. The really depressing thing about the sale is that Sundance is supposed to be about fresh talent thinking outside the box. Brooklyn's Finest is so far inside the box you can smell the cardboard. Kill me now."
First Sundance Deal -- A Snappy $5 Million to Snap Up a Stinker
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Around the Web
Guitar WorldThe 13 Creepiest Album Covers of All Time
Mental Floss10 Actors Who Hated Their Own Films
Cracked4 Lead Singers That Sound Shockingly Bad Without the Band
Mental Floss10 People Banned from SNL
Guitar WorldTop 10 Best (and Worst) Comeback Albums of All Time
Cracked27 Surprising Real Stories Behind Famous Songs
- Watch John Oliver Defend Transgender Rights on 'Last Week Tonight'
- Watch U2 Play 'Gloria' for First Time In 10 Years at Chicago Show
- What's Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah?
- Hating Seth MacFarlane: A Timeline
- Watch Puff Daddy Throw Bad Boy Reunion at BET Awards
- 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
- Chris Squire, Yes Bassist and Co-Founder, Dead at 67
- 50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time