A robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 6.6/10 (12,316 voted)
Critic's Score: 57/100
Stars: Kurt Russell, Ving Rhames, Scott Speedman
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.
Writers: James Ellroy, David Ayer
Jack Van Meter
Chapman Russell Way
Eldon Perry III
Jim Cody Williams
Sworn to protect / Sworn to serve / Sworn to secrecy
MGM [United States] |
Release Date: 21 February 2003
Filming Locations: La Verne, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: €272,578
(12 January 2003)
(16 March 2003)
Did You Know?
Standing in the background during Eldon's briefing to the SWAT team is Peter Weireter, who really is LAPD SWAT.
After Bobby shoots an "innocent" suspect, the gun Eldon handed the suspect to make it look like self defense is clearly seen lying on the ground before him on ground views but not on helicopter views.
Det. Sgt. Eldon Perry Jr.:
The choke hold saved lives, but, ah, nobody ever got elected saying that, I suppose.
The Other Side of the Police Department and Justice System, With Corruption in All Levels
In 1992, in Los Angeles, Homicide Detective Eldon Perry (Kurt Russell)
is a member of the third generation of detectives in the Los Angeles
Police Department. His partner is the rookie Bobby Keough (Scott
Speedman), the nephew of the Chief of the Department Jack Van Meter
(Breendan Gleeson), one of the best friends of Eldon's father. Eldon
follows his orders without questioning, being protected by his
superior, when interrogated by the Internal Affairs. Jack and Eldon do
not have ethics, using intimidation, corruption and blackmail to
achieve their targets and defeat their enemies. However, Assistant
Chief Holland (Ving Rhames) is a honest officer, who fights against the
corruption in the department and wants to destroy Jack and Elson. Bobby
does not fit well in such a corrupted environment and is in love with
Sargent Beth Williamson (Michael Michele), who works with Holland and
had a love affair with him five years before. When four persons are
executed in a Corean store by two criminals protected by Jack, Eldon
and Bobby are in charge to find two scapegoats to take the blame.
Meanwhile, tension is increasing on the streets of Los Angeles due to
the trial of four white officers, who spanked the black motorist Rodney
King. Having the backdrop of the real case of Rodney King, and
consequent violence on the streets of LA after the absolving of the
four white officers responsible for his aggression, and many plot
points, "Dark Blue" is a very different, realistic and dramatic police
story. Themes like racism, police excessive (or brutal) use of force
for intimidation, corruption, blackmail, violent crimes, redemption
etc. are presented in this film. The corruption in all levels of the
police department and the justice system is explored in this movie.
Although being in Los Angeles, it could be in most of the police
departments of different nations. The performance of Kurt Russell is
once again amazing, in the role of a man who goes to hell, destroying
his personal and professional life in all the aspects, and looking for
redemption in the end. "Dark Blue" is a highly recommended movie. My
vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "A Face Oculta da Lei" ("The Hidden Face of the Law")