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Writer/director Ron Shelton is famous for his films that are sport as a metaphor for life, like Bull Durham and White Men Can't Jump. He's taken on someone else's work - a short story by James Ellroy for his latest, Dark Blue. This is a familiar scenario. The LAPD is riddled with corruption. Eldon Perry, Kurt Russell, has inherited his cowboy attitude from generations of cop culture. He's used to manipulating the system to get the bad guys. The problem is, do the bad guys match the crime? Well, it doesn't matter, as long as the bullet ends up in them and not the cops. He defends his partner Bobby Keough, Scott Speedman, in an enquiry into the perhaps too speedy resolution of an encounter with a bad guy. On the Board of Enquiry is the Assistant Police Chief Holland, Ving Rhames, who doubts Perry's integrity. But this film is really the story of a man, Perry, caught in a downward spiral of his own psyche, in terms of his marriage, in terms of his job, in terms of himself as a man. There are perhaps too many elements of this film that are so well travelled not only in film but also television, so the depth of the screenplay by David Ayer who wrote Training Day, doesn't actually go deep enough into this world of disillusionment and personal corruption to satisfy. And it could have. But on the plus side you have Kurt Russell giving a fabulous performance and you have a director whose main focus isn't the car chase but the dynamics of character. Admittedly Sheldon's limited by the screenplay, but this is actually a worthwhile trip to the cinema.