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Dark Blue (2002)

A robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.

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Arthur Holland
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Darryl Orchard
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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 Press kit

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1992, L.A is at boiling point. One cop's turning up the heat. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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21 February 2003 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,880,688 (USA) (21 February 2003)

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$9,059,588 (USA) (14 March 2003)
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Standing in the background during Eldon's briefing to the S.W.A.T. team is Peter Weireter, who really is LAPD S.W.A.T. See more »

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Assistant Chief Holland is wearing his rank insignia upside down during Detective Keough's Officer-Involved-Shooting Board. He wears 3 stars on each collar; one point of each star should be pointed up (towards his neck) however he is wearing them pointed down. See more »

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Jack Van Meter: Brief me on Jack O'Hearts. I've been getting calls all day. "My two best guys are on it, giving 200%." Tell me you got the suspects in your trunk.
Det. Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr.: My trunk has nothing but a spare tire and dirty underwear.
Jack Van Meter: You gotta have some breaks.
Det. Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr.: I interviewed the "K" who owns the crime scene who I sniffed out as a lesser light of the underworld and it turns out he's got a strip club. He's pandering, a cash-and-carry businessman and he had a safe with a buck-fifty in it.
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Solid cop thriller despite not really getting much from the backdrop
1 January 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As the trial of the officers accused of beating Rodney King occurs in the background, LA sits on a knife's edge of tension. Meanwhile hard-line cop Eldon Perry celebrates his partner being cleared of operating outside of procedure and the pair go back to work. When they are put on a robbery homicide case all the evidence points to a couple of informants used by Captain Jack Van Meter, however he assures them it wasn't them and tells them to find someone else to pin it on. However Perry's partner Bobby Keough has a change of heart and the cracks start to show as LA bursts into flames.

This film was slightly over-hyped when it came out. I agree that it is a solid cop thriller that rises above recent offerings from the genre but to give it as much praise as it garnered at the time is to give it more than it deserves. The basic plot is on two levels. On the first level the film is about police corruption and sees a corrupt house of cards teetering on the brink of collapse. This bit works well and the cop thriller element works well even if it treads familiar ground. The second level is the background of the Rodney King trial and the LA riots. This aspect is very much wallpaper and I didn't really feel it was necessary for the main narrative to work. At best it complimented the ongoing tensions between community and cops, at worst it distracts from the main thrust.

Russell does give one of his strongest performances in recent years and is not afraid to be an unsympathetic lead character. However the rest of the cast are either not as good or not as well used. Speedman has to carry most of the moral weight of the film and it is clearly too heavy for him and can't do it convincingly. Rhames is simply not used very well and is almost supplementary to requirements. Gleeson is miscast - he is an able actor but the film required him to be a generation older than Perry, in reality they were the same age more or less. Michele is sexy and is reasonably well used for a support character and Kurupt is good even if he is playing the character that he plays daily in his rapper personae.

Overall this was a superior cop thriller that was enjoyable as same. It did a reasonable job looking at the real life issues of corruption in the LAPD but not as well as perhaps other reviews would have led you to believe - it is more a wallpaper or just a theme that is used to prop up the narrative rather than a real good historic look at the time.


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