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Dark Blue

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Ving Rhames, Kurt Russell, ...

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 a C+

In Dark Blue, Kurt Russell is bristlingly intense as a power-abusing LAPD detective who doesn’t much care who he shoots as long as they’re felons. He falls somewhere between Dirty Harry and downright evil, and that gray area gives him a compelling complexity — that’s largely wasted in a film that paints its portrait of corruption in simplistic strokes. Set in 1992, it uses the Rodney King verdict as a climactic backdrop. Yet against such disturbing real-life images, the melodrama in the foreground seems even less convincing. EXTRAS Three making-of docs might have seemed more substantial as one; director Ron Shelton’s commentary will interest only those who REALLY liked the movie.