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
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Kurt Russell's career high; in ways better than "Training Day"
DARK BLUE (2003) ***1/2 Kurt Russell, Scott Speedman, Ving Rhames, Michael
Michele, Lola Davidovich, Brendan Gleeson, Jonathan Banks. Russell gives
the performance of his career as morally corrupt LA cop Eldin Perry,
assigned to a special forces unit, who uses his power to put the screws to
the animals he patrols by any means necessary , instructing his rookie
partner Speedman , until things come to a bloody head in the shadow of the
Rodney King trial. Rhames as the deputy chief of police determined to bring
Perry down provides the missing social backbone to this insightfully gritty
look at bad cops gone wild. Filmmaker Ron Shelton affectively uses the
historic time setting perfectly in capturing the tempest in a teacup that
acts as a perfect metaphor for the screenplay written by David Ayer based on
James Ellroy's story.
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