Anyone who saw Harris’ heartbreakingly raw performance in Moonlight will not be surprised that she carries this starring vehicle. Some of the socially relevant monologues may be a bit on the nose, but at least Harris sells them with conviction. Most Hollywood productions shot in New Orleans focus on the city’s jubilant reputation. Michael Mann’s go-to DP Dante Spinotti creates a blue-tinted, cold and grimy world full of pain and distrust, as if the city still suffers from a gaping wound that won’t close anytime soon. As a result, Black and Blue is the perfect choice for those looking to add an exciting new thriller to their viewing queue.
Naomie Harris felt more than a desire to bring to life Alicia West in Deon Taylor‘s Black and Blue, she felt a responsibility. West is a rookie officer and military veteran who accidentally witnesses the murder of a criminal informant, and becomes the target herself when the crooked detectives behind the killing realize she caught the brutal incident on her body camera.
Taylor tells a balanced story highlighting the real-life issues affecting the Black community in the United States, where it’s sadly no longer surprising when the death of an innocent person at the hands of those meant to serve and protect. But Black and Blue isn’t pointing the finger at any particular community, instead showing that there are good and bad individuals with and without badges.