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There are topical moments here as the film toys with public perceptions of US police brutality. And Boseman proves, yet again, to be an easy leading man whose default setting is somewhere between smouldering interiority and outright charm.
There's strangely little urgency to the internal rhythms and pacing of "21 Bridges." It's not so much a ticking-clock thriller. It's more like: "Is this clock still working? Why didn't I get a digital clock?"
It's a big, blunt, battering ram of a movie, but it's not dumb: The stunts are sharply executed, the actors unimpeachable and Paul Cameron's lively camera turns the streets of Philadelphia into a credible-enough Manhattan.
There are worse things you can do with your time than watch Boseman, Miller and Simmons for an hour and a half. Just know that "21 Bridges" is the kind of movie you'll forget five minutes after seeing it.
It's telling, though, that the biggest reaction at a preview screening came when one audience member punctuated a climactic scene with an amusingly timed "Wakanda forever!" But it shouldn't be solely about Wakanda forever, should it?
Unlikely, far-fetched and downright preposterous events duke it out for bragging rights in 21 Bridges, 104 minutes of nocturnal big-city crime action that's amped up to a borderline ridiculous level of nearly uninterrupted violence.