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.
Genre: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Ving Rhames, Kurt Russell, Scott Speedman, Lolita Davidovich, Brendan Gleeson, Kurupt, Michael Michele, Master P; Director: Ron Shelton; Author: David Ayer; Release Date Wide: 02/21/2003; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 118; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: United Artists (MGM)
Posted June 27 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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