Dark Blue This terrific corrupt-cop drama is, shockingly, about something that matters -- institutional racism -- rather than an exercise in plot reversals. Kurt Russell is superb… Dark Blue This terrific corrupt-cop drama is, shockingly, about something that matters -- institutional racism -- rather than an exercise in plot reversals. Kurt Russell is superb… 2003-02-21 R PT118M Drama Mystery and Thriller Ving Rhames Kurt Russell Scott Speedman Lolita Davidovich Brendan Gleeson Kurupt Michael Michele Master P United Artists (MGM)
Movie Review

DARK BLUE (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Feb 21, 2003; Rated: R; Length: 118 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Ving Rhames, Kurt Russell and Scott Speedman; Distributor: United Artists (MGM)

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.

Originally posted Mar 07, 2003 Published in issue #699 Mar 07, 2003 Order article reprints