Dark Blue

2003

Dark Blue

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Kurt Russell gives a good performance. Too bad there's nothing here that you haven't seen before.

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In America, the police are sworn to uphold the law and protect the innocent. But on the streets, it's everyone for themselves--and the streets are where policeman Eldon Perry honed his craft. Perry is a veteran cop in Los Angeles, one of the toughest cities in the world. A member of the LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad, Perry is known for his tough street tactics, fiery temper, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to bring someone to justice. Perry plays fast and loose with the rules and goes over the line--until another cop vows to bring him down. When the SIS is assigned a high-profile quadruple homicide, Perry is put on the case along with SIS rookie Bobby Keough. Investigating the murders alongside Perry, Keough soon learns the grim realities of police intimidation and corruption. Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Holland is the only man in the department willing to stand up to the SIS. The SIS is a tight brotherhood, and no one has ever dared to take them on--until now. While Perry and Keough are trying to solve the murder, Holland is trying to end Perry's brand of single-handed "justice." Over the course of four days, the brutal murder and a racially charged trial trigger an explosive chain of events that resonate throughout Los Angeles.

Cast

Kurt Russell
as Eldon Perry
Scott Speedman
as Bobby Keough
Michael Michele
as Beth Williamson
Brendan Gleeson
as Jack Van Meter
Ving Rhames
as Arthur Holland
Kurupt
as Darryl Orchard
Dash Mihok
as Gary Sidwell
Jonathan Banks
as James Barcomb
Lolita Davidovich
as Sally Perry
Khandi Alexander
as Janelle Holland
Dana Lee
as Henry Kim
Chapman Russell Way
as Eldon Perry III
Marin Hinkle
as Deena Schultz
Master P
as Maniac
Faleolo Alailima
as Lucky 7 Bouncer
Eddie Mui
as Lucky 7 Bartender
Kaila Yu
as Lucky 7 Dancer
Wayne King
as Mr. Lewis
Peter Weireter
as Swat Leader
Keith MacKenzie
as Interrogation Officer
Keith MacKechnie
as Interrogation Officer
David Doty
as Judge Russo
Alan Davidson
as Leon Taggert
John Fadule
as Shooting Board Officer
Darrell Foster
as Sgt. Jakes
Heather Hutchins
as Stenographer
Gregg Miller
as Officer Charlie
Nigel Gibbs
as Pastor Dennis
Carmen Twilee
as Church Choir Singer
Carmen Twillie
as Church Choir Singer
Dorian Holley
as Church Choir Singer
Monalisa Young
as Church Choir Singer
Kudisan Kai
as Church Choir Singer
Julius Rizzotti
as New Lieutenant
Jordy Oakland
as Waitress Tina
Michael A. Bentt
as Officer Clay
Michael Bentt
as Officer Clay
Tom Todoroff
as Police Dispatcher
Robert Tur
as Helicopter Reporter
Eric Spillman
as Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Dark Blue

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Audience Reviews for Dark Blue

  • Mar 20, 2014
    Surprisingly good. Interesting story set in a troubled time that most of America would like to quickly forget. Entertaining story, great cast, and very solid ending. Check this out if you're a fan of cop movies.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2013
    Before watching Dark Blue I had my reservations that it was going to be quite generic, un-original and very run of the mill but I was very surprised when I was gripped, captivated and very entertained and satisfied with what I got. Dark Blue follows various cops torn between right and wrong on a case of a quadruple murder. As simplistic as that sounds, there are various twists and turns along the way; some surprising and unexpected and others blandly predictable. The casting for this movie was great. It was very good to see Kurt Russell in a film seen as his appearances run years between. Along with Kurt Russell is Ving Rhames, Scott Speedman & Brendan Gleeson. Kurt Russell is on GREAT form as the morally corrupted cop, Scott Speedman brought a good performance as the young cop unsure of his corrupt colleagues. Along with the great cast, the story is great as previously mentioned and as plain, boring and un-original as it sounds it really is quite unpredictable and entertaining. Think Narc but less dark but more entertaining. The film runs around the two hour mark which sounds like overkill for a cop film, but actually it fits quite well although some parts were in there for the sake of time filling and could have easily been left out and it wouldn't have taken away from the film's greatness. Although, the film wouldn't be nearly as good without Kurt Russell. He brings the charisma, the entertainment and the controversy. By controversy, I mean that his character is morally corrupt and often acts outside the law but paints a picture so it was self defence for example. Overall, there isn't much more to say about Dark Blue that hasn't already been mentioned. There are great performances, a better than average story with a few good twists and a good running time. Dark Blue is well worth your time if you like these kinds of dark police drama films.
    Luke C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2012
    Dealing with dark themes and controversial issues, Dark Blue is a dower and murky film that tries for too much. The story follows a corrupt unit of the LAPD that's working a high profile case in the mist of the 1991 Rodney King trial. Kurt Russell, Scott Speedman, Brendan Gleeson, and Ving Rhames form a solid cast, but their performances don't have much dimension. The characters just aren't developed enough to really get invested in. And unfortunately, rather than accentuating the themes of corruption and racial tension that the film is exploring, the placing of the Rodney King trial within the story feels awkwardly shoehorned in. Dark Blue attempts to tackle provocative issues, but winds up as a stereotypical and monotonous cop drama.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2012
    "Dark Blue" is another violent and seedy look into the LAPD that showcases a number of questionable acts on the part of the police and while the story has been told before, Kurt Russell gives a strong performance giving it life. While the film flounders at times Russell doesn't and keeps the film moving along at a fast pace. The story deals with race and the Rodney King court case as the backdrop that heats everything up and finally reaches a boiling point when the jury gives a not guilty verdict. It deals with heavy subject matter and makes a pretty solid watch but there are better films of the same genre such as "L.A. Confidential" but if you're a fan of these types of films then this makes an entertaining watch.
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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