Dark Blue (2002)

“That’s my daddy’s gun… and the only reason this city’s here is because they built it with bullets! ” – Det. Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr.

Number of Times Seen – Twice (3 Jul 2008 and 11 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Corrupt cops in LA during the early 90’s must try deal with a violent robbery that hits far too close to home.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing years ago and was impressed by the work of Kurt Russell as a corrupt cop.

The story is presented quite well and I liked the way that things play out.

The characters are unfortunately all depicted in a very stereotypical fashion and none feel developed on more than a superficial basis.

Things are shown in a very black and white fashion and they miss the opportunity to make things more complex and comprehensive in the way that this kind of work can force people to toe the line between good and evil as they do their best to enact good on the world around them.

The supporting cast is also great and they help enhance Russell’s performance.

Scott Speedman, Michael Michele, Brendan Gleason and Ving Rhames are all on spot here and keep things more intriguing as it all progresses in somewhat predictable ways.

The story has some nice twists and turns along the way that help keep things even more thrilling to watch unfold.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ron Shelton had originally written his directorial debut, Bull Durham (1988), for Kurt Russell over a decade earlier, but Orion wanted Kevin Costner for the role. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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