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on April 16, 2004
Why is there no "0 Stars" selection? If there were, this movie would certainly be worthy of it.
Ok, where do I start? It's 1992, during the heat of the Rodney King cops trial and Kurt Russell's character is acting like it's 1950 -- he's literally roughing up anything that moves. Oh, and what does he instruct his partner to do when they have an unarmed suspect corned in an alley? He says "SHOOT HIM! SHOOT HIM! SHOOT HIM!" while, get this, there is a police helicopter overhead and they can see a 5-year-old girl watching from her window. And the partner shoots the suspect dead!! WHAT IS HAPPENING!?!?
This movie was such garbage. I can't express this enough. And when it was over, my father (a 30-year police vet) turned to me and said "What the @&%$* was that?" Turns out he and I both wanted to stop watching it after 5 minutes, but we didn't want to ruin the other person's experience. Had I known he wanted to stop watching, we would've stopped it after 5 minutes.
Take my word for it -- it doesn't get much worse than this. A close 2nd is COLD CREEK MANOR with Sharon Stone and Dennis Quaid.
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on July 28, 2003
First of all, I can't believe this story was written by James Ellroy who wrote L.A. Confidential, and was directed by Ron Shelton who wrote and directed one of my all-time favorite movies, Bull Durham, and stars one of my favorite actors, Kurt Russell. Of course, I just saw Shelton's Hollywood Homicide in the theater, and it was a zero star production as well.
Both of Shelton's last two movies feature cardboard cut-out characters (Hollywood Homicide: old cynical cop and cute young cop are partners, and it was supposed to be funny that one wanted to be an actor and the other was selling real estate, a la L.A.Story), and the entire plot seems to have been concocted by committee: let's go around the table and let everyone contribute their favorite cop movie cliche. Assuming that police officers are the enemy has been very fashionable, especially in the liberal media and Hollywood, but in post-9/11 America where we have rediscovered that police officers are dedicated heroes this kind of corrupt cops drama seems forced and dated. I had to roll my eyes when Kurt's wife left him for a defense lawyer. The other players in the criminal justice system, criminals and defense attorneys, are OK, everyone, that is, except the police officers. Even the assistant DA's and the judges are uncaring and self-involved. (The judge signs a search warrant without bothering to read it while sitting in a bar holding a martini in his hand.) The white characters are all racist, and the black characters are all mistreated. The young white cop is redeemed by having a sexual relationship with a black female cop who turns out to be his superior in the department, so, while racism is a major complaint, sexual harrassment apparently isn't. Was it supposed to be ironic that the two shooters in the armed robbery case were complaining about the lack of justice in the Rodney King trial right before they went into a Korean store and shot four people to death?
When Kurt's partner agrees to set him up, and tries to beat him to a crime scene to put the Korean grocery shooters in protective custody (!) before Kurt gets to them, the shooters shoot the young cop and the black female cop. Instead of commenting on the irony of that situation, she complains that they didn't shoot Kurt instead. What any of this had to do with the Rodney King trial remains a mystery, unless this was supposed to suggest a reason for the L.A. riots. The Korean crime victim turns out to be a criminal as well, so what this movie had to say about multiculturalism isn't encouraging either. If we are going to be able to divine someone's ethics from the color of their skin, I suggest an idea for the next movie: why an all-white jury acquitted the white King cops in retaliation for (?) a largely black jury acquitting a black double murderer (O.J.). What would Martin Luther King have to say about this turn of events? For all the lip service liberals give to the idea of a color-blind society, we have come to this: in certain movies you can predict what the character will do based on their skin color and economic status. YAWN. When Kurt is arrested at the end of the movie, it is by a young Latino cop. I rest my case.
Bottom line, nothing in this movie rings true or makes you care about the characters. During the extras on the DVD, Ron Shelton kept saying that he needed a technical advisor because this movie is not about his area of expertise, sports. I suggest he leaves criminal justice to someone who knows something about it and has less of a liberal axe to grind. Skip it. Lightning really doesn't strike twice.
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on July 28, 2003
DARK BLUE stars Kurt Russell as Eldon Perry, a corrupt LA cop who is also pretty racist. The movie is set in 1992, during the first Rodney King trial, and LA cops are feeling the brunt of civil rights complaints against them. This situation doesn't deter Eldon, who continues to beat and kill suspects at will. He also has to contend with an inexperienced partner (Scott Speedman) and a superior (Ving Rhames) who sees through him.
DARK BLUE was directed by Ron Shelton, who has done some really nice work, such as White Men Can't Jump and Bull Durham. Unfortunately, the direction is really poor here, and it looks and feels like a cable TV movie. The plot is also pretty hackneyed and too similar to "Training Day" (which was written by one of the same screenwriters).
The acting also is not very good, with some over-the-top performances from Ving Rhames and Brendan Gleeson. Despite an ok performance from Kurt Russell, this movie sinks under unbelievable situations and an attempt to give each character a sub-plot. None of the plot twists are surprising or satisfying. Finally, the movie uses the LA riots as a clumsy plot twist, without exploring the important underlying issues of race. Not recommended.
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on April 11, 2004
I would like to mention firstly that Russell's perfomance was great, and was the only reason I didn't pull the plug on my dvd player half way thru this awful movie.
When I sit down to watch a movie, I don't want to be preached at. The same politically correct formula is growing tiresome. In this case mean white hetro-sexual male cops form the good ole boys club. The movie actually goes as far as to insuate the LA riots (a true incedent) are related to the corrupt LA police force (a ficticous incedent per the lame movie).
When watching a rented movie I would like a little more depth of plot. This drivel could have aired on and ABC Wednesday night movie....shallow and predictable.
I you want a good lesson on how corrupt law enforcement is, and the only reason we have crime is because the criminals (rioters) have been victimized by the evil establishment this movie will spell that out for you. If you would rather watch something more intelligent steer clear of this one.
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on July 13, 2003
I thought this was supposed to be good! Kurt Russell's acting is okay, but just about everybody else looks like they can't act in this picture, including Ving Rhames. I'd normally blame it on the director, but the script, the screenplay and dialogue, is so laughably cheesy and bad that it alone might have brought this film down. Totally unbelievable cardboard cutouts. Worst of all, this movie is 'blackwashed'. Which is to say, the white people commit the worst crimes in this picture, and always act racist, while the blacks are cast as mere reactionaries to injustice. They DESERVED to riot! What a crock. And a total disservice to all the innocent people who were brutalized during the L.A. riots, and during the Mardi Gras riot in Seattle, for that matter.
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on August 15, 2003
If you want a good time watching crooked cop go and watch The SHIELD.
This is a really bad movie.
The previews made it look good but its worse than the ring.
DONT Buy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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on June 17, 2004
First of all, if you've already seen L.A. Confidential, skip this movie, because it's just a cheap rip-off of it. The only difference is that there's no mystery about it -- everything is completely straightforward, and the audience just waits for the disgusting characters to figure it out.
The first thing that made me angry about this film was its use of the Rodney King incident. I can't express how disgusted I am that this is continually used to show the "corruption" of police officers in our society. Of course what we didn't see was Rodney King fighting the cops, but since it's now frowned upon in our society for police officers to defend themselves, especially if the person attacking them is black, it's no surprise that the cops involved have all been made out to be Gestapo.
If you enjoy movies that insinuate that all white cops are crooked, bribe-taking, evidence-planting murderers, then please rent this film. Otherwise, avoid it at all costs.
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