Dark Blue
2003
Days before the acquittal of white police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King, a brutal Los Angeles cop under investigation for corruption and his rookie partner are directed to "fix" a high-profile quadruple homicide case.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Spoiler warning. While this film soars in its moments of visceral thrills and complex acting from Russell (who seems to be thinking ten things at once), its failure to reach greatness is in the clich├ęd, moralizing ending, unbelievable in the face of what has come before. I could accept Russell betraying Brendan Gleeson out of revenge for the botched ambush, but not because Russell suddenly turned into a good guy. Such a smart film (and a great lead performance) deserves better. Also good is the cinematography, fresh despite this being the millionth L.A. film.

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