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; Runtime (in minutes): 118; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: United Artists (MGM)
Posted June 27 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Alec Baldwin calls out brother Stephen during 'SNL' debate cold open
- Benedict Cumberbatch to host final 'SNL' before election
- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg set to perform in an opera
- 'Ghostbusters' director gets 'choked up' by supportive fans
- Miley Cyrus storms Virginia college to campaign for Hillary Clinton
- Lauryn Hill gives powerful performance of 'Rebel' on 'Charlie Rose'
- 'Jessica Jones' season 2: Showrunner promises all-female directors