21 Bridges

Published March 17, 2020

21 Bridges

Film info

  • Title 21 Bridges
  • Director Brian Kirk
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 1hr 39m
  • Genres Action, Crime, Drama
  • Tagline The only way out is through him

Thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers, an embattled NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman) uncovers a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 21 bridges to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:49 “To find a just code in an often cruel world.”
5:36 A triple shift? Ouch.
8:07 New York at night-time always looks so atmospheric, whether it’s alleyways or bridges or river or what.
15:44 Wow. Two people with no guilt and nothing to lose are so dangerous.
18:49 “Guys, I need you to get up. You’re sitting in my crime scene.”
26:34 What’s wrong with eating pizza with a fork?
27:24 “Good enough to kill seven cops, dumb enough to run a red?”
30:04 Can you just close off an entire island like that, so quickly?
36:32 I love that Becky With The Good Hair is the international code now.
40:50 Why don’t any of these nefarious people sleep?
42:09 Money for gift cards works for me.
46:39 This guy’s house is epic. Bank safe in the corner. Mission Control in the middle.
48:28 Surprised the fence has a peephole given the hardcore door and camera outside.
52:28 Boseman’s character is so smart!
1:03:07 Who refers to 23 minutes as less than an hour? I mean it is, but that’s weird.
1:07:39 Running through an industrial kitchen is never subtle.
1:15:20 I feel like he might see this face in his dreams. Boo.
1:20:13 “She’s a nurse. Shift just started. And that’s the story of our marriage.”


This was so much better than I thought it was going to be. We only really knew of this because Boseman had appeared on the Graham Norton sofa to sell it, and it sounded interesting. With everything going on in the world at the moment, and our brains pretty consistently fried, we wanted some action adventure goodness to keep us going.

This delivered. It’s a great story, a few twists and turns, everyone acting suspiciously, who do you trust, etc, etc. But easy enough to follow. My only complaint in the entire thing is that I don’t understand how she got on the train without us seeing her. That’s it. The rest of it was pretty much flawless.

Rating: 5 / 5

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