Black and Blue

Theatrical Release: October 25, 2019
Black and Blue


The Dove Take:

Although Black and Blue includes superfluous profanity and violence, this story reminds us that sometimes we have to take a risk to stand up for what we believe in, because we might be surprised at who is willing to stand with us.

Dove Review

The Synopsis:

A rookie police officer in New Orleans has to balance her identity as a black woman with her role as a police officer when she witnesses other police officers committing murder.

The Review:

Black and Blue is a gritty film that highlights the ongoing racial tension that pervades the inner city streets of New Orleans, while simultaneously exposing pervasive corruption within the local police force.

Alicia West (Naomie Harris) is an army veteran who left her hometown to serve two deployments in Afghanistan. Upon returning to New Orleans 10 years later, she has taken a post as a rookie police officer, but she quickly discovers that the societal tensions between the African-American community and its Caucasian neighbors has rapidly deteriorated into near impossible conditions. Her home is not what it used to be.

As West patrols the streets with her partner, Deacon, he decides to make an unanticipated detour while revealing few details to West. He insists she wait in the car, but while he meets with his criminal informant, West hears gunshots and determines to find out what is happening. She quickly discovers that a group of narcotics detectives within her department, led by Terry Malone (Frank Grillo), doesn’t truly have the community’s best interests in mind.

The story takes a disastrous turn as West finds herself running for her life. As she desperately seeks out someone she can trust, she develops an unexpected alliance with an old acquaintance, Milo “Mouse” Jackson (Tyrese Gibson), and together, they fiercely defend what they have determined is worth every possible risk – the value of each human life.

While Black and Blue has a powerful message about being the person who goes against the grain, to initiate change in your community no matter the cost, and includes the theme of repentance, the story has heavy language and gratuitous gun violence. This film does not receive the Dove Seal of approval.

Content Description

Nudity: None
Other: The film includes scenes portraying the turf war between rival gangs in inner-city New Orleans, including murals and graffiti that are painted onto the interior and exterior and interior of buildings, including a Goth-looking woman with a cross painted on her forehead.
Faith: None
Integrity: Towards the end of the movie, West’s principal partner decides he’s gotten in way over his head and chooses to support her brave stand against the corrupt officers. While he saves her from a near-fatal encounter with Malone, he also willingly accepts the consequences of his involvement in the corruption as he is led away in custody.
Sex: None
Language: GD-2, JC-10, F- 5, S-24, A-18, D-2, B-17, BS-4, SOB-2, “Holy S” -1, Ni**er”-4, crude reference to female genitalia-2, “screwed”-1
Violence: Lots of it. Several police action encounters with gunfire; West struggles with Malone in a graphic fighting scene, West beats Malone with a metal bar; there is graphic shooting and fighting throughout
Drugs: None


Company: Sony/Screen Gems
Director: Deon Taylor
Producer: Sean Sorenson
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 108 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Shannon M.