Black and Blue

Black and Blue ★★★

Black and Blue represents what is easily director Deon Taylor's best work as a filmmaker to date, crafting a surprisingly competent, even often enjoyable, cop thriller with strong performances (especially from Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, and Frank Grillo) and well-put together action sequences. That being said, it's rather disappointing that this is only competent when it could've been so much more given the subject matter; I think Taylor and writer Peter A. Dowling would've been better off had this just been a straightforward action film because their attempts at social commentary, while certainly timely and deeply admirable, are handled too clumsily and simplistically to make a real impact. As far as films like this go, you can certainly do worse.

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