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Is Black and Blue a Training Day Movie Clone? Black and Blue Movie Review by Ms. H

Written by RealMsH

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction to the Black and Blue Movie Review by Ms. H

I saw the trailer for the Black and Blue movie and made a mental note to watch this film once it was released. The Black and Blue movie stars an African American female actor who I wanted to support since these type movies are few and far between. Did my support of the Black and Blue movie pan out for me or was the movie a waste of my time?  Check out my movie review of Black and Blue to find out.

Training Day and Black and Blue Movie Similarities

As you watch the Black and Blue movie, you may see a few similarities with Training Day, the movie starring  the academy award winning actor Denzel Washington. Without a doubt, Denzel Washington is a much experienced, as well as a better and skilled actor than the star of this movie, Naomie Harris. However there are specific scenes in the movie Black and Blue which may cause you to think of the Training Day film. I will not divulge them here, but there are at least two (maybe more) similarities between events in these two movies that I noticed.

Plot of the Black and Blue Movie

Simply put, the plot of the Black and Blue film centers around the plight of a police officer’s circumstance when she witnesses an event that ultimately formed the basis for the storyline of the movie. There are a few subplots thrown in, but the major plot centers around this situation.  


Acting Skills Displayed in the Black and Blue Movie

In my opinion, the acting skills of the actors in the Black and Blue film were adequate for the movie. Prior to watching this film, I inadvertently came across an article online that lauded Tyrese Gibson on his acting skills in the Black and Blue movie. 

The above being said, I watched the movie at the theater with an open mind, and noticed that even though Tyrese Gibson had less screen time than the star, Naomie Harris, he seemed to be a more natural actor. In other words, there was no under or over-acting on his part. I think he performed in a way that drew you into what was going on in the movie.

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Suspense in the Black and Blue Movie

I think for the most part, the background music sets the tone for this movie in addition to the storyline. When there were lots of action, the momentum of the music changed to reflect this.  Additionally, even though Black and Blue is in no way a horror movie, sometimes the suspense in the movie is so strong, especially towards the beginning of the movie, it may cause you to jump in your seat.  Yes.. there are a few jump scares in the movie. On the other hand, the amount of drama presented in the movie balanced the action and suspense.

Similarities of the Black and Blue Movie to the Training Day Movie

As I alluded to earlier, due to the outstanding acting skills of Denzel Washington in the movie Training Day, there is no way, in my opinion, to compare these two movies fairly.  However, there are similarities in some scenes in this movie that correlates to Training Day. Since the stories are distinctly different, I would say that Black and Blue is not a clone of Training Day.  However, I believe the writer took creative license to show scenes that were remotely based on the Training Day movie.

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Assessment of Black and Blue Movie

The mix of action, adventure, drama and suspense proved to be an entertaining combination in the Black and Blue movie for me and may be for you as well. On the flip side, I think the movie art staff were lenient in showing damage to the actors. Additionally, I was not a fan of the violence. However, the most important aspect of this movie was the delivery of a story that sort of grabs your attention and in some instances may have you sitting on the edge of your seat. 

Rating of the Black and Blue Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate the Black and Blue movie 4 stars.

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