Frank Grillo: It’s interesting, because just approaching roles like this, you have to see the world like that. I can’t say, “Oh, I’m gonna play the bad guy.” Right? You can’t! You’ve got to understand your circumstances. You’ve got to understand why you’re there. And what motivates this guy from day to day. Listen, being the bad guy in the movie, and what he does every day, is not easy. It’s hard. It’s hard to do that. It’s hard to live that life, to be that cop who walks this line in that world and in my world. And that’s what we all kind of do. And what Deon has done brilliantly is, I think he’s balanced it all so we believe all these characters.
It seems like director Deon Taylor might be the only filmmaker actively keeping the mid-budget adult thriller alive in this age of extinction. Plus, he’s prolific: His topical corrupt cop drama “Black and Blue” is his second 2019 film, arriving just a few months after his surprisingly entertaining and campy home invasion horror thriller “The Intruder.”
Set in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, the contained chase film follows a female police officer, Alicia West (Naomie Harris), who has captured an officer-involved shooting on her body camera. As she tries to make her way back to her precinct to upload the footage and enter it as evidence against the cabal of cops murdering their informants, Alicia has to dodge both the black folks in the neighborhood who are suspicious of her uniform, and the boys in blue who can’t be trusted. Think Walter Hill’s “The Warriors,” but with a lone woman trying to cross town while dodging gangsters and law enforcement.