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Black and Blue

A Black cop finds herself caught between her community and her fellow officers in the aptly named Black and Blue. Naomie Harris, best known for her Academy Award-nominated turn in 2016’s Moonlight, is a rookie with only three weeks on her hometown police force when she captures corrupt cops shooting a young drug dealer on her body camera. With no one to turn to except a childhood friend (played with surprising sensitivity by Tyrese Gibson), Alicia must race back to the precinct with the footage while dodging local gang members and the dirty cops responsible for the murder. Deon Taylor’s film shines when it comes to action, with fast-paced fight sequences and impressive stunts that never stray into the sort of unrealistic depictions that other films in the genre rely on. However, the movie falters when pushed beyond its intriguing premise to a meaningful message. The film only half-heartedly explores the unique position of being African American, female, and a police officer in a time where every other news headline is a police shooting of an unarmed Black person.

Credits

Director:

  • Deon Taylor

Writer:

  • Peter A. Dowling

Producers:

  • Roxanne Avent
  • Sean Sorensen

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