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21 Bridges Review: It All Falls Down

Chadwick Boseman is a cop with a plan in 21 Bridges. Too bad that plan is for a generic thriller.




The funny thing about the generic cop thriller 21 Bridges is that the title conceit--that the NYPD must close all 21 bridges (along with three tunnels and assorted other exits) to Manhattan in order to keep a pair of dangerous criminals trapped on the island--ends up meaning so little to the story.

The concept suggests a cat-and-mouse game, with the police and bad guys trying to outwit each other as the latter seek an escape from the densely packed borough. Instead, one inventive chase scene aside, we get a dull, by-the-numbers actioner in which we are so far ahead of the supposedly brilliant lead detective that we might as well be on the Long Island Expressway headed to Montauk.

That lead gumshoe is played by Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman,

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