Dark Blue 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… Dark Blue 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…
Movie on DVD Review

Dark Blue (2003)

Ving Rhames, Kurt Russell, ... | ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Russell (left) and Ving Rhames are neither protected nor served by a police corruption tale that falls apart upon close inspection
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Russell (left) and Ving Rhames are neither protected nor served by a police corruption tale that falls apart upon close inspection
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Jun 24, 2003; DVD Release Date: Jun 24, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Ving Rhames, Kurt Russell and Scott Speedman; Distributor: United Artists (MGM)

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.

Originally posted Jun 27, 2003 Published in issue #716-717 Jun 27, 2003 Order article reprints