I had always heard people talk about Training Day and about how groundbreaking it was when it was released back in 2001. When I was finally able to see it, I was amazed by how raw and brutally real it felt. Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke play two very convincing cops in one of the hardest cities around. Denzel plays a notoriously “bad boy” cop who is tasked with training new recruit Ethan Hawke on his very first day on the job. What follows is a series of crazy events that put Hawke’s character through metaphorical and literal hell as he tries to fight his own moral code to keep up with his teacher and his “unusual” ways. I think that most people would agree that this is the best performance that Denzel Washington has ever given by far.