Colors

Film, Thrillers
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)

Time Out says

Never as eccentric as The Last Movie or Out of the Blue, Colors nevertheless makes most other cop movies look formulaic by comparison. Neither its plot - two mismatched cops take on LA's murderous gangs - nor its violence offer anything out of the ordinary. It wins out, rather, with a raw authenticity: gritty location shooting, plausibly inarticulate dialogue, a chaotic episodic narrative, and excellent performances. To a rather predictable master-pupil relationship, Duvall and Penn bring a refreshing lack of buddy-buddy sentimentality, while Hopper avoids sensationalism, rarely condemning or condoning, but providing a stark, even subtle investigation of misplaced loyalties and a moronic sense of honour. He also copes with car chases, stand-offs, and shootouts as efficiently as any director currently working in Hollywood. Finally, however, it's a film with heart; a moving, beautifully acted death scene at the end effortlessly evokes the sense of waste inevitable in a world of such random, unthinkingly violent macho pride.

Details

Release details

Duration:
121 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Dennis Hopper
Screenwriter:
Michael Schiffer
Cast:
Sean Penn
Robert Duvall
Maria Conchita Alonso
Randy Brooks
Grand Bush
Don Cheadle
Gerardo Mejia
Glenn Plummer
Sy Richardson
Trinidad Silva

Users say (1)

4 out of 5 stars