It seems to be open season for black and brown people in THESE United States. I remember vividly, nearly 20 years ago, when an LAPD officer responded to a loud Halloween costume party at a Benedict Canyon mansion, where 39 year-old actor Anthony Dwain was shot multiple times through a window and killed. History would repeat itself when Atatiana Jefferson was inside playing video games with her nephew, when officer Aaron Dean shot and killed Jefferson through the window in her own home. In both instances, the responding officers failed to identify themselves.
What happens when the tables are turned and you are a female rookie cop? A cop, returning from war in Afghanistan, with a desire to shift her home town of New Orleans into a safer, better place to live. Alicia West (Naomie Harris) knows all too well the prejudice of white cops against black and brown people, as she is harassed and detained while out for a run. After confirming her ID, and discovering she is ‘black and blue,’ they let her go with no apology while barking, “We’re looking for someone fitting your description…you know how it is.” Unfortunately, yes she does and so do we.
Shortly afterwards, while filling in on an overnight shift for her new partner, Kevin (Reid Scott), West is the unfortunate witness to a triple homicide murder by her fellow boys in blue, which is all captured on her body cam. In the run for her life, Mouse (Tyrese Gibson), a grocery store owner, who assists in her initial escape becomes her confidante and literally the only person she can trust.
The premise of this Deon Taylor directed suspense, thriller is something we have seen onscreen before in films like Training Day, The Fugitive and so many others. But, Deon Taylor knows how to keep an audience invested while producing and telling stories which unapologetically feature people of color in the forefront.
Naomie Harris‘ work speaks for itself. How else can someone go from being a a crack-addicted Mom in Moonlight to a Bond girl in Skyfall to a female Terminator-esque/Training Day rookie cop in Black and Blue? Harris is a chameleon in the best sense of the word and her acting/physical skills are impressive to say the least. Harris makes this film totally worth the thrill ride.
If you love Deon Taylor, Naomie Harris or Tyrese Gibson, you will absolutely be on board with all the drama and intrigue Black and Blue has to offer when it hits screens on October 25 produced by Hidden Empire and Sony Pictures.