Hopper's controversial directorial reentry into mainstream Hollywood is a disappointingly routine effort that is neither socially irresponsible nor particularly distinguished by any insights or artfulness. The considerable controversy aroused by COLORS centered on Hopper's choice of
subject matter--urban youth gangs. Set in the barrios and slums of East Los Angeles, the film is basically an all-too-familiar tale of a confident veteran cop (Duvall) with one more year to go until his retirement and his relationship with his new partner (Penn), a young, cocky, and hot-headed
rookie who thinks he has all the answers. Their conflict is played out amid the shocking viole...