Synopsis (Official website: https://www.blackandblue.movie/synopsis/)
“A rookie cop (Academy Award ® nominee Naomie Harris) who inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam. After realizing that the murder was committed by corrupt cops, she teams up with the one person from her community who is willing to help her (Tyrese Gibson) as she tries to escape both the criminals out for revenge and the police who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage.”
My friend and I was able to see the screening. The movie pits a rookie cop against police corruption, so you get a “Training Day” vibe. However, what the movie stand out in this police corruption movie is the undertone statement that speaks volume to today’s social and racial issue of police abuse towards race, particularly black minority.
The movie starts off with Alicia West (Naomie Harris) jogging in the morning in her hoodie to be stopped by two police officer who without listening, hassle her until they see that she is a rookie officer in her third week in the PD. They claimed, “you know how it is.”
The scene set a powerful statement of the social and racial issues that is face in today society of police profiling, particularly towards a black person. This is further stated as Alicia is doing her street round with her partner. As they are driving through the neighborhood, you see there is an underlying fear, and the tension between the black community towards those in blue (the police), that resonate with our society. That scene alone says so much about the imminent danger one face (particularly with those officers in blue) when you are a person of color. Whether you are out and about, minding your business but because of your skin color, you are target, harassed, and possible in imminent danger of losing your life.
As the movie dives further into the plot of Alicia being on the hunt by corrupted cops after witnessing them murdering a young drug dealer. The movie gives you the suspense and action of seeing who Alicia can trust and who she cannot trust with her secret. It is enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.
But at the core of the movie is the underlying message of social and racial issues represent in our current society between black minority and police officer/police system (hence black and blue).
One statement that Alicia made in the movie truly resonate deeply with me is:
Murder is murder, it don’t matter who you are.
Her statement truly speak volume to the societal issues we have today. Of how much shades there are in murder, the injustice, how corrupted our system are, towards treatment and murder depending on the color of your skin. And such, needs to be change because it should not be about the color of one skin. One should not be more privilege than the other. What gives or allow a person that entitlement above another when more than our skin color, we are all humans.
Overall, I highly recommend watching this movie and talking with your friend about it. There is action, suspense but more important the underlying message that it want to address. Like Naomie Harris character said, there have to be change. Even if you feel you cannot make a deep change to society, watch this movie and talk with your friend about the message it is telling, about these social and racial issues with your friend. Educate yourself and understand their standpoint, the struggle they face because of their skin color, of being a minority. Small changes will eventually amount to big changes.