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The best movie of Denzel Washington and the best movie about a corrupted cop, so, maybe the best movie..?
Training Day is the fight between a skillful corrupted narcotics detective (Alonzo Harris/Denzel Washington) and a young upstanding police officer (Jake Hoyt/Ethan Hawke) in Los Angeles.
Jake is really the good guy. He doesn’t take drugs, he works by the book and he has a family.
Alonzo is the bad guy, he doesn’t really have a family, he loves dirty money, frighten a lot of criminals for his own interests, and doesn’t work by the rule.
Some think this movie is racist, either against Black or White people. I think you can watch this movie without focusing on the skin color.
Los Angeles has a lot of hoods inhabited by African-Americans or Latino-Americans.
So from a scriptwriter viewpoint, it was a good idea to make the crooked cop played by a Black actor. The character surely came from one of the LA’s hood and this is why he is so streetwise.
The honest cop is White and we can imagine that he came from a residential suburb. He is more idealistic and want to make a good career. He doesn’t have an intuitive knowledge of the streets, so he works by the rule.
So I think focusing on the skin color is not interesting. The plot is about two men having the same job but doing it very differently. It also shows us how narcotics cops can easily get corrupted because with drugs a lot of money is at stake, and among Alonzo’s men, there are White men.
Why this movie is excellent?
– A story with the good and the bad cop, always good.
– The movie takes place in Los Angeles, the ideal city for a cop story.
– Denzel Washington, really really good in this role of a corrupted violent cop.
– The relation between Jake and Alonzo, tense, doomed from the beginning.
– Dr Dre music, melodic et gangsta at the same time.
If you like movies in LA, about cops, drugs and quite violent, I advice you Training Day 😉
Alonzo Harris is a narcotics detective, working only with his own unit. Your players could have to work with him (and discover his double dealing) or to investigate about him and his unit.
Jake Hoyt, a police officer, could be investigating about Alonzo and so help the players. He could also be looking into the players if they get themselves corrupted.
Attributes: Agility d10, Smarts d8, Spirit d10, Strenght d10, Vigor d8
Skills: Athletics (Str, Climbing + Swimming) d8, Driving d10, Fighting d10, Intimidation d12, Investigation d12, Knowledge (Police rules; drugs) d12, Lockpicking d6, Notice d8, Persuasion d10, Shooting d10, Stealth d8, Streetwise d12, Taunt d12, Throwing d6, Tracking d8
Charisma: 2; Pace: 6; Parry: 7; Toughness: 6
Hindrances: Arrogant, Greedy, Vengeful
Edges: Alertness, Ambidextrous, Brave, Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Extraction, First Strike, Level Headed, Nerves of Steel, No Mercy, Two-Fisted, Investigator, Charismatic, Strong Willed
Equipment: a Kevlar Vest, a 1979 Chevy Monte Carlo, two Smith & Wesson 4506 (.45 ACP)
Attributes: Agility d10, Smarts d8, Spirit d8, Strenght d8, Vigor d8
Skills: Athletics (Str, Climbing + Swimming) d8, Driving d10, Fighting d10, Intimidation d6, Investigation d12, Knowledge (Police rules) d12, Lockpincking d6, Notice d8, Persuasion d6, Shooting d10, Stealth d8, Streetwise d8, Taunt d4, Throwing d6, Tracking d6
Charisma: 0; Pace: 6; Parry: 7; Toughness: 6
Hindrances: Code of Honor, Pacifist
Edges: Fleet-Footed, Great Luck, Counterattack, Sweep, Investigator
Equipment: a Kevlar Vest, a Beretta 92FS (9mm), an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria police car
Racism for cops/criminals relations
I do not promote racism, but in a police setting taking place in LA, I think it is more realistic to know how to handle this problem.
It could also be important if you put the Russian and Albanian mafias, along with Arab families and Black gangs in an European city. To understand it, watch Pusher 😉
The rule is simple, you have a penalty of -2 in Charisma with people who don’t have the same origin than you, and only for relations between cops and criminals or between criminals.
You can focus on skin color: White / Black / Hispanic / Asian, or you can go into the details: Irish, WASP… / African-Americans, Africans… / Japanese, Chinese… / etc.
You could also imagine family wars between Italian people or other mafias, which then replace the skin color issue. You can find some ideas about this in Sons of Anarchy.
For example, A White Irish cop will have a -2 penalty in Charisma with Italian criminals, and -4 with non-white criminals. Try now to do it in a diplomatic way 😉
With this rule, you can make the mission for your playable-characters, if they are police officers, more dangerous. Maybe there ain’t any Hispanic in their unit, so it will be harder to find the local drug lord in a Hispanic hood. They will have to use force, or find a Hispanic fink to help them, or do a favor to an important person of the hood (which is the first step to become a crooked cop).
Feel free to use this or not. I know it might be quite hard to put racism in a game, and remember that nothing never prevent criminals from making money.
If I were the GM of a Training Day one-shot, I would obviously put Dr Dre music to set the mood 😉