Dark Blue

2002, Crime/Mystery & thriller, 1h 53m

133 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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

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Set in the Los Angeles Police Department in 1992, "Dark Blue" is a 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 is assigned a quadruple homicide. As they work the case, detective Eldon (Kurt Russell), tutors SIS rookie Bobby (Scott Speedman) in the realities of police intimidation and corruption.

Cast & Crew

Kurt Russell
Eldon Perry
Brendan Gleeson
Jack Van Meter
Scott Speedman
Bobby Keough
Michael Michele
Beth Williamson
Ving Rhames
Arthur Holland
Dash Mihok
Gary Sidwell
Kurupt
Darryl Orchard
Khandi Alexander
Janelle Holland
David Ayer
Screenwriter
Moritz Borman
Executive Producer
Guy East
Executive Producer
Nigel Sinclair
Executive Producer
Barry Peterson
Executive Producer
J. Dennis Washington
Production Designer
Paul Seydor
Film Editor
Kathryn Morrison
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Critic Reviews for Dark Blue

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  • 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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