Box Office - 03/01/2003
"...The film sports quite a few effective moments....DARK BLUE is quite watchable..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 02/01/2003
"...Scathing and uncompromising....[Featuring] Russell in the performance of his career..."
Rolling Stone - 03/14/2003
"...Kurt Russell digs into the juiciest role of his career....DARK BLUE is a film of wounding power. It stays with you..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/28/2003
"...DARK BLUE goes were all too few films dare to venture these days -- into the heart of moral darkness..."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2003
"...As always, Shelton trusts his cast, and allows Russell to deliver his best work in years..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 02/21/2003
"...It has something to say and an urgent way of saying it....It has moments that go off the meter and find visceral impact..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/21/2003
"...An actor for more than 40 years, Russell shows us things here he hasn't before, putting more of himself on the line to convey a complex personal reality..."
Total Film - 11/01/2003
"...Kurt Russell's mace-first, questions-later cop is a giant creation....A rough and jagged urban thriller..."
There aren't many cops left like Eldon Perry (Kurt Russell). A member of the Los Angeles Police Department's Special Investigations Squad (SIS), veteran Perry is no stranger to the violence of the streets and the tough decisions that come with the job. He rarely questions the orders given by his powerful boss, Jack Van Meter (Brendan Gleeson). When Van Meter's nephew, Bobby Keogh (Scott Speedman) joins SIS and becomes Perry's partner, the stakes are raised. Keogh, who idolizes both his uncle and Perry, is eager to prove himself. But the na´ve rookie has no idea how deep the corruption in the department runs. Set during the racially charged days before the Rodney King verdict and the ensuing L.A. riots, DARK BLUE also looks at racism within the department through its focus on Assistant Chief Arthur Holland (Ving Rhames), who questions the SIS brotherhood and is determined to be the first black chief of the LAPD. Russell is a powerhouse as Perry, a man who has made some difficult decisions in the name of justice. Directed by Ron Shelton (BULL DURHAM, TIN CUP) and based on a story by James Ellroy, the film also stars Michael Michele, Lolita Davidovitch, and rapper Kurupt.