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The LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad (SIS) is assigned a high-profile quadruple homicide. While navigating through the tumultuous neighborhoods of South Central L.A., Perry and Keough must track down cold-blooded killers and face their own demons, which prove to be more ruthless than the criminals they pursue.
Drama Thriller - This violent, gritty police drama will hold most appeal to adults,
particularly males. Older viewers may be put off by the violence,
which makes the film ill-suited for young children.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words, well over 30 s-Wrods, 7 GD's, many o SEX/NUDITY: Brief nudity; no sex. VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings and beatings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Very frequent alcohol and tobacco use; some drugs. ACTION: Some foot chases and shootouts. COMEDY: None.
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Review Very Good "In propelling invented characters through a re-creation
of actual historical mayhem and demanding that audiences think about
consequences and not just ogle the action, though, ''Dark Blue'' goes where all
too few films dare to venture these days -- into the heart of moral darkness.''
Review Good "Dark Blue is not a great movie, but it has moments that
go off the meter and find visceral impact. The characters driving through the
riot-torn streets of Los Angeles provide some of them, and the savage,
self-hating irony of Russell's late dialogue provides the rest.''
Review Above Average "There's at least one plot element too many here; let
your own taste determine which one. Yet until it dissolves into conventional
melodrama during a climactic fracas, this fast-paced story is never less than
Review Good "On the eve of the Rodney King acquittals in 1992, corruption
within the Los Angeles police force breaks down the fabric of both the
department and the city. Gritty, gripping, a bit uneven, but Kurt Russell hits
all the right notes.''
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Watching" write-up for this movie.
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Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
While moviegoers seeking action will be disappointed, adult drama fans
open to darker material should be satisfied with this film--that is,
provided they can tolerate the violent content and strong language. As
such, men, particularly younger ones, should enjoy more than females, and
those who like their movies sunnier certainly won't be pleased with this
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
police Eldon Perry (Kurt Russell) 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 (Scott Speedman). Investigating the
murders alongside Perry, Keough soon learns the grim realities of police
intimidation and corruption. Meanwhilte, Assistant Cheif Holland (Ving Rhames)
is the only man in the department willing to stand up to the SIS and its
powerful, dangerous boss, Jack Van Meter (Brendan Gleeson). 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 singlehanded "Justice."
Over the course of four days, the brutal murder and racially charged trial
trigger an explosive chain of events that resonate throughout Los Angeles. While
navigating through the tumultuous neighborhoods of South Central L.A., Perry and
Keough must track down cold-blooded killers and also face their own demons,
which prove to be more ruthless than the criminals they pursue.