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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Kurt Russell
Scott Speedman
Brendan Gleeson
Ving Rhames
Directors
Ron Shelton
Screenwriters
David Ayer
Running Time
118 minutes

Dark Blue
James Ellroy-inspired story of corrupt cops in LA, starring Kurt Russell


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Plot
Veteran LAPD officer Eldon Perry is as tough as the streets he 'protects', bending the rules to take down the bad guys. But as the city simmers in the hours before the LA riots, Perry realises that he could be sacrificed by cops far more corrupt than he is.


Verdict
Clumsy exposition and flat dialogue stop Ayer's screenplay from doing Ellroy justice. Russell, however, joins Nick Nolte (The Good Thief) and Ray Liotta (Narc) in proving that, for character actors needing a career boost, crime does pay.


Reviewed by Alan Morrison

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