Sociology Movie Review Paper on Training Day Movie

Training Day Movie

            Training day movie is a crime thriller, which stars two main characters each representing certain values in the society. The movie presents an ideal setting of the current day criminal justice system where some of the people expected to uphold the law and see to it that the rest of the community adheres to the set principles are the people breaking the law (Delisi & Vaughn, 2014). Most of these kinds of movies help inform the community of the kind of world people are living into thus raising a call for change (Heilbrun, 2004). Corruption within the law enforcement agencies has become so rampant over the last few decades especially in great cities inhabited by the rich. However, that does not mean that there are no honest federal agents and police officers (Baines, 2014). The raise in dishonesty among the law enforcement agents can be attributed to the raising economic standards around the word as well as police force reforms that take too long to implement (Siegel, 2010). Alonzo and Jake help build different levels f loyalty among the police for the nation throughout the thriller.

            One of the issues brought about so clearly in the movie is the issue of deviance among the police officers (Punch, 2009). Throughout the movie, Alonzo displays habits that go against both the morals of the society and the laws of the land something that he is charged with protecting (Newmyer, 2001). Alonzo uses his position as police officer to steel from drug dealers since he is a narcotic officer rather than arresting them and having justice served. Using ones power to oppress the other person even when they are on the wrong does not fulfill the morals of the society neither is it in fulfillment of the police code of conduct (Beaver, 2011). As such, Alonzo has deviated from his own oath of serving the nation faithfully as well as from the norms of the society (Tonry, 2011). In one case, Alonzo kills his friend, a drug dealer, and former officer and lies to the leadership that it was in self-defense. All of his colleges apart from one, Jake agrees to go along with the like and shares the money taken from the drug dealer. This is an indication that the entire unit working with Alonzo has deviated from the norm and the values of their duty to the nation (Crowder & Turvey, 2013).

            The movie being a crime thriller does present the society as full of criminal activities. There are more than three gangs involved in the movie who are involved in dealing drugs, violence, or sexual abuse (Bunting, 2008). The streets are filled with a lot of crime to a level where even the law enforcers choose to ignore some of it (Travis & Edwards, 2014). In an instance where Alonzo and Jake encounter a girl being raped, Alonzo does not consider that a crime worth stopping for although he does help Jake deal with the men who attack him while saving the girl (Krohn, 2009). In a later incident, it is revealed that one of the men in the gang that Alonzo hired to kill Jake is in fact the girl’s cousin. This indicates that crimes has become part of the society and in a family people are involved in different kinds of criminal activity thus diluting the taste and importance of peace within the society (Shahidullah, 2012). The police officers in trying to deal with the many criminal activities within their jurisdiction also engage in crime something that is against the norms of the society (Pollock, 2011). For instance, Alonzo forces Jake to smoke pat in order to arrest the dealers.

            Generally, the criminal justice system as presented in this thriller is rather failing (Higgins & Mackinem, 2008). First, the officers themselves are the biggest lawbreakers yet the purpose of the system to serve justice to the society by punishing the lawbreakers (Barkan & Bryjak, 2011). Scott Glenn is on of the greatest drug dealers yet he is a former officer. This leads the audience to question the loyalty of the officers because the society expects them to uphold the highest levels of integrity whether in the unit or retired (Ballantine & Spade, 2012). Secondly, rather than the system punishing the wrong doers justly, they choose to steal from them and kill them for their own benefits (McCormick & Green, 2005). The three gigs who come to warn Alonzo of his deals with the Russian mafia are people in high positions and responsible for the criminal justice system yet they are involved in dirty dealings. The system has failed to restore the deviance among its personnel thus leading to the rise in crime as shown in the movie (Flory, 2008). Failure of the criminal justice system can be detrimental to the success of the nation in economic, socio-cultural, and political arenas. Therefore, there is need for effective reforms within the law enforcement agents around the world (Norden, 2007).


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