Saturday, September 17, 2011
Film Review - Colours (1988)
Colours is a crime drama directed by Dennis Hopper and stars Robert Duvall and Sean Penn as two cops assigned to a special branch of the LAPD that deals with the gang violence in the area, and they're going to need all the help they can get.
Colours starts off strong and assigns its two leads straight away and both Penn and Duvall play off each other very well and Hopper at least tries to take the time and develop both the gang culture and the chief characters from that part of the film and the two leads so that when the action comes, we get a sense that these are actual characters fighting it out rather than props for those scenes.
I also liked the cinematography at times showing a down and dirty LA compared to what we usually see but even as I talk about the film and all it accomplishes and it does get a lot right, a lot of it also feels familiar in terms of the buddy relationship between the cops, the gang dynamic and the obligatory love interest played here by Maria Conchita Alonso and it feels totally unnecessary but tradition in regards to these kinds of movies demand this sort of subplot and its a shame as the film tried to take this genre somewhat seriously though happily its only a brief subplot.
In closing, I thought the film was okay, it's clear Hopper and Co tried to do something different but tradition got in the way and what we end up with is a bit of a mishmash unsure of what direction it wants to go in, 1.5 out of 5.