It’s not unreasonable to conclude that Antoine Fuqua is far better known for his films than for his music videos. He never received the same kind of acclaim as someone like Hype Williams for his work with artists such as Prince, Coolio and Toni Braxton. But Fuqua has come into his own in the feature-film department, helping Denzel Washington snag his second Oscar for the part of menacing L.A. detective Alonzo Harris in 2001’s Training Day. Somewhat surprisingly, Fuqua’s subsequent movies have been rather conservative, with the likes of Tears of the Sun, King Arthur and Shooter failing to capitalize on the buzz surrounding Training Day. Perhaps that explains why he returned to familiar territory with last year’s underwhelming Brooklyn’s Finest.
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