I think this is my favorite Denzel Washington performance. And, yeah, the character had charisma. So I can understand you feeling that way. But, I think part of the issue is Ethan Hawke, as you've noted. I didn't find his character particularly likeable. He was bland and didn't do much for me. He could have used more charisma.
Originally Posted by suss2it
If you haven't, you might want to check out Brooklyn's Finest. Hawke's in that one, but unlike in this movie, his character is experienced and actually plays more like Alonzo. I found it interesting to compare his characters in these to films, playing cops at opposite ends of the spectrum. I found Hawke much more interesting in that movie than in this one. Now, BF isn't as good a movie as TD (at least, I didn't think so), so I was only bringing it up to compare Hawke between the two.
Hoyte was kind of a blank character. He seemed just so plain compared to Alonzo who had so much flair. Still though, I can't help buy wonder what he'll do career wise, I doubt he'll be a narc now, which is a shame because I don't think he'll be satisfied doing anything less, now that he's been exposed to the corruption and darkness of it all.
There are many ingredients in the stew of annoyance.
--Bucky Katt, Get Fuzzy.