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Black and Blue

"Black and Blue" tells the story of a young black policewoman who messes with her corrupt colleagues. The only thing they have in common is the color of their uniforms: blue.

Two white policemen chase a black jogger in New Orleans. After a very rough treatment and the determination of her personal details, the officers let go of the young woman. One says to the other: "It is blue." What he means by that: The jogger also belongs to the police, who patrol the city in blue uniforms. The black policewoman's name is Alicia West and is played by Naomie Harris, who is the first black Miss Moneypenny to have international criminals of all stripes in her card box in the anteroom of James Bond's boss. The neighborhood where Black and Blue plays is inhabited by blacks is, however, rougher than MI6 in London.

In the Deon Taylor film, Alicia West patrols the streets with a black colleague and witnesses a shootout in which a white policeman shoots a young black drug dealer. Since the body cam on her uniform is switched on - rather coincidentally - West becomes a danger for her corrupt colleagues. When they realize that they are not ready to deliver the incriminating material, they too are shot at. She flees. She is being hunted. She bangs on front doors and begs to be let in. But she receives no mercy because the police are hated. Until Alicia meets Milo "Mouse" Jackson (Tyrese Gibson) in the supermarket, who realizes her need and puts himself in great danger for her. But then the murderer of the black man who was shot, the policeman Terry Malone (Frank Grillo), circulated via the (a) social media that the policewoman Alicia West was the perpetrator. And so she is hunted from all sides.

Terry Malone has his corrupt police gang firmly under control. He rushes from one arena to the next in a golden automobile. The bullets fly. Sifted bodies remain on both sides. Many others are killed for an unjust death. Stereotypical, wildly shooting, male fighting machines only just appeared in "Rambo: Last Blood". Because it says so in the script, "Black and Blue" continues to fight in the most hopeless situation - without fear for one's own life. The fragile-looking Naomie Harris plays the young policewoman from tender to hard. Unsure at first, she's on top form throughout the story with her mission to fight for the truth. She risks her life to make the contents of the Bodycam public. As a fighter hardened in the army, she can not only handle weapons excellently. She shows herself to be vulnerable and vulnerable, but also courageous and empathetic.

"Black and Blue" shows a 36-hour chase. The special mixture of hard action and a lot of feeling is entertaining cinema. The fast-paced thriller is never boring, but a more sophisticated plot, a more subtle narrative and a sharper drawing of the characters would have done it very well. Director Deon Taylor deals with important topics: racism, police violence, turf war in the drug milieu and the US war in Afghanistan. But he could have avoided many a black and white cliché, and the sometimes slightly flat dialogues contribute to the inadequate depth of field. This simplification does not do justice to the topic.

When the protagonist is as neat as Naomie Harris and the nasty villain as mercilessly flat as played by Frank Grillo, you can guess who will win the showdown in the hail of bullets. But sometimes there are surprises too.

Source: teleschau - the media service