Synopsis: BLACK AND BLUE is about Alicia West (Naomie Harris), a rookie cop who takes over her partner’s night shift as a favor to him. She is assigned to ride with Officer Deacon Brown (James Moses Black) for that night. While on duty, Officer Brown drives to the bad part of town in New Orleans where he meets up with other cops. Although ordered to stay in the patrol car, rookie Officer West ventures out and inadvertently captures on her body cam the cops, in cold blood, murder a young drug dealer. From that moment on, those in “Blue” are out to get her before she turns over the camera footage to the authorities. Added to this danger, the young drug dealer’s fellow gang members want her dead because they believe she’s one of the cops who shot and killed one of their own. With no place to run, her life in total jeopardy, rookie Officer West teams up with Milo “Mouse” Jackson (Tyrese Gibson), an old acquaintance also from that part of town in New Orleans, and the only person from the community who is willing to help her.
Had I read previous advance reviews about BLACK AND BLUE, or the synopsis for that matter, I probably would have passed on going to the screening. However, without much info, I joined Stewart (Stewart Stewart, my husband) for what I assumed would be more to his taste in movie genres. Let me say, I am glad that I went. As it turned out, from the very beginning to the very last thrilling moment, this “good cop vs. bad cops” movie was gripping. The interaction was exciting. Naomie Harris as Alicia West, the rookie police officer, gives her character authenticity, depth, and likability. The grit and well-timed action elevated this movie to “see it” as my review.
Director: Deon Taylor; Written by: Peter A. Dowling; Cast: Naomie Harris as Alicia West; Tyrese Gibson as Milo “Mouse” Jackson; Mike Colter as Darius; Frank Grillo as Terry Malone; Reid Scott as Kevin; Beau Knapp as Smitty; Nafessa Williams as Missy; Deneen Tyler as Captain Regina Hackett; James Moses Black as Officer Deacon Brown; Nelson Bonilla as Officer Doyle