GANG IN BLUE may be a well-intentioned film, but in its search for dramatic tension it eliminates shades of gray and paints the complex issues of racism literally in black-and-white terms. It simplifies and demonizes until it succumbs to the crime it purports to oppose: racial
The Phantoms are a gang of white cops, led by Officer "Moose" Tavola (Stephen Lang), who abuses its by brutalizing minorities. But their campaign of covert racism is challenged by two African-Americans: fellow cop Michael Rhoades (Mario Van Peebles) and his mentor, Andre (Melvin Van Peebles). When
Rhoades brings evidence of the vigilantes' activities to the FBI--in the pers...