I went to see Black and Blue mostly because of the cast – Naomie Harris from 28 Days Later and the James Bond franchise, Frank Grillo from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War & Avengers: Endgame, Mike Colter from Jessica Jones, Luke Cage & The Defenders, and Tyrese Gibson from the Fast & the Furious franchise. Those four were enough to make me interested in the movie.
Yes, there is a strong social message about the relationship between the police and the African American community. When Harris’s character tries to make small talk with a preteen boy, the parents swoop in as if she’s harassing the kid. A woman she knew growing up in New Orleans denies they were ever friends. And a store owner is handcuffed & held at gunpoint until the police check his history on their squad car computer, and release him when he’s cleared, no warrants.
Biggest issue I had was the body cam being turned on & off. Is that really how they are supposed to work?
The story is spelled out in the trailer – a rookie cop sees veteran cops commit a murder, her body cam records it, and she is on the run with the evidence and has to get it downloaded at the precinct. The trailer suggests there’s a time limit, but it isn’t brought up in the movie. The dirty cops get the local gangster / drug kingpin involved in the hunt for the rookie, while also bringing in other corrupted cops.
Gotta say the most chilling scene in the movie was when the preteen boy from before has a gun pulled on him in self defense.
The raid on the apartment complex for the finale was pretty good, too. I did enjoy seeing Mike Colter as a grilled up bad guy out for revenge for the death of his nephew.