Lisa Schwarzbaum
March 07, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Dark Blue

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
118 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/21/03
performer
Ving Rhames, Kurt Russell, Scott Speedman, Lolita Davidovich, Brendan Gleeson, Kurupt, Michael Michele, Master P
director
Ron Shelton
distributor
United Artists (MGM)
author
David Ayer
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

This terrific corrupt-cop drama is, shockingly, about something that matters — institutional racism — rather than an exercise in plot reversals. Kurt Russell is superb as an LAPD veteran who’s used to rule bending, favor trading, and the casual bigotry of the job; Scott Speedman plays his young partner, who isn’t. Set against a backdrop of the Rodney King cop trial, verdict, and aftermath of riots, Ron Shelton’s movie is about something bigger than itself, and every performance rises to meet higher expectations.

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