Manhattan with no way out (2019), by Brian Kirk – Review

You will have a good time eating popcorn and drinking soda and forget it soon.

Directed by Brian Kirk, a man who comes from the small screen and whose name we can find in the television series credit titles such as Murphy´s Law (2003), Dexter (2006), My son jack (2007), The Tudors (2007), Empire boardwalk (2010), Game of Thrones (2011), Luck (2012), Rouge (2013) and Hard sun (2018) among the best known by the general public. Actually, Manhattan with no way out it is his second feature film, since in 2006 he shot Middletown, a film that, in Spain, passed without sorrow or glory.

The entire cast is up to par and they are totally credible. On the screen we can meet Chadwick Boseman who, in his day, starred in films such as Final decision (Ivan Reitman, 2014), Captain America: Civil War (Anthony Russo, 2015) or Black panther (Ryan Coogler, 2018). Next to her we will find Sienna Miller, who will surely remember her for the film The Sniper (2014) directed by Clint Eastwood and both, surrounded by significant actors such as Taylor Kitsch (TV Series Waco, 2018), J.K. Simmons (The candidate, 2018), Stephan James (Beale Street blues, 2018) and others that, although not well known, work perfectly, fully synchronized with the story.

The script, written in four hands by Matthew Carnahan and Adam Mervis, is predictable but keeps the viewer in tension for ninety-nine minutes. The film begins with the origin of Andre 20 years earlier, when a child stoically endures the funeral of his father police. It is clear that Andre's destiny is to follow his father's path, with the only difference that his mission will be to eliminate anyone who crosses a police officer with a clean shot. Now we find an adult Andre (Chadwick Boseman), with an easy trigger, who is constantly being investigated for internal affairs.

The script is predictable but keeps the viewer in tension for ninety-nine minutes.

One night, in a basement of an elegant Brooklin restaurant there is a robbery perpetrated by petty criminals called Ray (Taylor Kisch) and Michael (Stephan James). The loot is 30 kilos of cocaine. But instead, in a huge freezer, they find 300 kilos of such uncut drug. For one of those coincidences of life, some policemen enter the restaurant and there is a shooting. Criminals flee but leave behind the bodies of eight law enforcement officers. Andre Davis enters into action who, together with a narcotics detective (Sienna Miller), must prevent criminals from leaving Manhattan. To do this, Andre has an idea that at first seems crazy: close all the bridges (hence the title in English) during one night to hunt down the murderers. I will not tell you more. I will simply tell you that, from that moment, Manhattan with no way out It becomes an accelerated thriller to the maximum, which at least maintains the tension throughout the projection. You know what I mean, cops chasing wicked people throughout the night city. As in all persecutions there are a series of confrontations (with the same police) and altercations that are resolved by shooting. In a nutshell: although the script has good dialogues, it has the typical structure built to guarantee moments of violence and desperate action every few minutes. It doesn't have much else.

If you want to kill time watching a movie but without being very demanding, go see it. You will have a good time eating popcorn and drinking soda and forget it soon.


Synopsis Andre Davis is a New York policeman who is charged with investigating the murder of several police officers. During the time trial search of those responsible, in which all the bridges that access it are closed for the first time in Manhattan's history, the detective discovers a conspiracy in which he will have to discern between those he hunts and the suspects who They are trying to hunt him.
country U.S
Address Brian Kirk
Script Matthew Carnahan, Adam Mervis
Music Alex Belcher, Henry Jackman
Photography Paul Cameron
Distribution Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Taylor Kitsch, J.K. Simmons, Stephan James, Keith David, Victoria Cartagena, Gary Carr, Shayna Ryan, Toby Hemingway, Dale Pavinski
Gender Action
Duration 99 min.
Original title 21 Bridges
Premiere 02/21/2020

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