The stars of ILLEGAL IN BLUE never exhibit the level of passion needed to elevate this erotic thriller above its mediocre scripting.
Stiffed for a fare by the beautiful married chanteuse Kari Truitt (Stacey Dash), gonzo cop Chris Morgan (Dan Gauthier), who's moonlighting as a cabbie, can neither forgive her misdemeanor nor forget her looks. By the time Morgan drifts into the nightclub where Kari sings, he's already coming
unglued as the result of his superiors' off-the-record request that he play dumb about missing gambling money not entered into evidence. Morgan's chivalric dedication to duty comes on strong when Kari becomes a suspect in her wealthy hubby's slaying.
Morgan maintains his principles while he investigates recent events that took place in Kari's nightclub, including the suicide of a student hooker who killed herself rather than continue working for club-owner/procurer Mickey Fuller (Trevor Goddard). Meanwhile, Morgan refuses to play ball about
cop kickbacks even when someone plants an exploding device in his auto. Submitting to Fuller's advances, Kari hints at her culpability in the killing of her husband while mentioning the death of a coed named Michelle, who worked as a callgirl for Fuller eight years before. Icing a paid assassin
sent to silence him, but unable to prevent the cops from planting damning evidence in his freezer, Morgan is stunned when he realizes his own boss, Lt. Cavanaugh (Louis Giambalvo), has helped frame him. Unable to prevent Kari from exacting revenge upon Fuller for leading her sister Michelle
astray, Morgan agrees to sign a false statement about the rogue-cop activities in exchange for Kari's murder weapon. Tossing the incriminating gun in the water, Morgan contemplates his future with Kari, who has no regrets about putting her slimy spouse and Fuller out of the coed call girl business
ILLEGAL IN BLUE never titillates its audience with the electric tingle of sex potent enough to weaken one's better judgement. Failing to cloud our suspicions about Kari's guilt, the film settles for moody atmospherics and has some success with its jazzy blues soundtrack and smoky photography.
Throughout, you can sense the director positioning his leads' bodies for the best camera angles in a formulaic display of passion.
While they deserve points for putting on a strenuous show, Dash and Gauthier never shake our despondent feeling that their flesh is indeed willing but their spirit is meek. Far more important, the film's mystery is unmysterious, an aspect heightened by a failure to integrate the call-girl racket
plot strand that motivates Kari's killing spree with the other key plot thread about Morgan's refusal to pull the wool over Internal Affairs' eyes. Instead of linking the two lovers in kindred rebellion, their motivations seem unrelated, and the film ends up getting lost in a wash of
cliches.(Graphic violence, extreme profanity, extensive nudity, substance abuse.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: NR
- Review: The stars of ILLEGAL IN BLUE never exhibit the level of passion needed to elevate this erotic thriller above its mediocre scripting. Stiffed for a fare by the beautiful married chanteuse Kari Truitt (Stacey Dash), gonzo cop Chris Morgan (Dan Gauthier), wh… (more)