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Overall this is a very good film. The story is very similair to Training Day but in my opinion Kurt's performance is better. His acting is superb. He manages to make the climax emotional but doesn't over act at any point in the film. His character is completely beleivable. I also liked the rest of the cast. Ving Rhames was a great choice for the role as deputy chief. Scott Speedman also done a great job as Kurt's partner.
Both cops on the surface appear to be the sort of good looking, maverick, gung-ho cops we like to see in movies. This is not a 'Lethal weapon' movie. Its a gritty down to earth cops tale.
The cops have apparently drifted into a path of conduct where a certain level of institutional corruption appears to be accepted and tolerated. They don't try to profit from events themselves but are guilty of bending the rules to satisfy their superiors orders. This involves the far worse crimes of framing and murder.
The two cops very similar to the Russell Crowe character in 'L.A. Confidential'. They are uncomfortable with the morality of what they are doing but accept it as the way it has always been. You can't but help want them to come out on top but you also want them to redeem themselves or turn their backs on the corruption.
The events take place in L.A. just before and during the riots triggered by the real life equital of a group of cops who were filmed beating a black suspect in the early 90's. These events add an extra level of credibility to the film.
The film is a little gem in that I had no previous conceptions about it beforehand. It has received little or no publicity and hype. It's therefore a film you can watch without having any idea how it will end.
It is well acted and well plotted. There have been quite a few corrupt Cop films recently but with the exception of 'L.A. Confidential', I would class this as one of the best. The story is clear and well executed but conventional. It gets the message across without going to seedy or confusing like the 'Bad Lieutenant' or 'Training Day'.Read more ›
It's been said many times before, so I'll get it out of the way now. Dark Blue is very similar to Training Day (2001), the dirty cop based movie that bagged Denzel Washington another Oscar. What is forgotten or not known, is that Dark Blue was shot before Training Day. Written by the same writer, Ayer, Dark Blue sat on the shelf for nearly three years at studio HQ whilst the suits wondered what to do with the film. Of course, dirty cop film's have been many over the years, but both this and Denzel's movie are from the upper echelon's of the crime sub-genre, it wouldn't have hurt to have had two similar film's out in a short space of time, how many times have we seen it happen before? What it amounts to in the grand scheme of things for Dark Blue, is that it's unfairly seen as the inferior copy of Training Day. Wrong, because Dark Blue is the better movie.
Opening with the infamous camcorder footage of white coppers beating the tar out of motorist Rodney King, Dark Blue sets a gritty tone from the off.Read more ›
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Good film, shows how you can get drawn in to something and not initially realisingPublished 8 months ago by R. Irish
Bought this dvd as it is based on real events and I was not disappointed. Kurt Russell is very good in his role.Published on 6 Mar. 2014 by PRJ01
one of the best films i have seen for a long time plenty of action to keep on the edge of your seat from start 2 finish highly recommenedPublished on 27 Jan. 2014 by norman neillll his