A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.
Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal.
Stephen Campbell Moore
A family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora's Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.
Set in the Los Angeles Police Department in April 1992, Dark Blue is a dramatic thriller that takes place just days before the acquittal of four white officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King and the subsequent L.A. riots. In this racially-charged climate,the LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad (SIS) is assigned a high-profile quadruple homicide. As they work the case, veteran detective Eldon Perry, known for his tough street tactics and fiery temper, tutors SIS rookie Bobby Keough in the grim realities of police intimidation and corruption. Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Holland, the only man in the department willing to stand up to the SIS, threatens to end Perry's brand of singlehanded "justice" on the Los Angeles streets. 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. Written by
Written by Michael Bell, Cold 187um (as Gregory Hutchison), Jerry Long and Paul Turner
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"Dark Blue" is a compelling depiction of corruption among the LAPD. The main reason to check it out is Kurt Russell, who gives a remarkable performance. This oughtta show all those critics and audiences who regard him as a bad actor, who plays one-dimensional characters. He adds much dimension to the character of Eldon Perry, a hugely conflicted man. Brendan Gleeson is one of my favorite actors, outside the U.S., so it was a delight to see his portrayal of Jack Van Meter. Lolita Davidovich, who plays Russell's wife, gives a complex performance herself despite the fact that she's only in a few scenes. Michael Michele shows that she's much more than a pretty face (though she's definitely that as well) in a strong performance. On the other hand, newcomer Scott Speedman is mediocre as Russell's naive partner. I usually like Ving Rhames, and though he maintains a powerful screen presence, his performance in this film is one-note as he recites every line of dialogue in a monotone, hardly showing a glimmer of emotion.
My score: 7 (out of 10)
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