BLEEDING BLUE

"Moving Tribute to America’s Protectors"

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Summary:

BLEEDING BLUE, a documentary by Writer/Director Kenny Latimer, explores potential bias against police in American politics, news media, entertainment, and culture. Narrated by Kevin Sorbo, BLEEDING BLUE is a hard look into the harsh environment faced by police officers in their line of work and involves many vivid descriptions and depictions of violence, which may not be appropriate for younger viewers. BLEEDING BLUE provides much valuable insight into the dangers police officers face every day and exposes the extremely nasty anti-police rhetoric that makes their job even more dangerous.

Review:

BLEEDING BLUE, a documentary by Writer/Director Kenny Latimer, explores potential bias against police in American politics, news media, entertainment, and culture. As retired police chief Mike Dugan says, police officers “intervene in the most complicated, imperfect and sometimes violent situations, and it’s unfair to expect that [they] would have a perfect result every time.” Police officers put their lives on the line every day for the public, so that we can live happy, safe lives. Their sacrifice is rarely celebrated by a culture which often seems very ungrateful.

BLEEDING BLUE is a moving tribute to the sacrifice police officers make on our behalves. It explores potential bias against police in American politics, news media, entertainment, and culture. Latimer uses stories and viewpoints of real police officers to combat the negative portrayal of police in popular culture. Audiences should expect to hear firsthand accounts of the hardest parts of policing, including violent altercations with suspects and a few gruesome crime scenes. Experts in various fields also weigh in on the media bias, the opportunism of politicians with an axe to grind, and the dense and dangerous work of policing.

BLEEDING BLUE is an amazing documentary. At its best, the documentary aims to make the point previously mentioned by Chief Dugan, namely that the world of police officers is unbelievably complex and to ask officers to be perfect is to ask the impossible. Latimer effectively makes this point by letting real officers tell stories of real situations they’ve encountered on the job. The real incidents not only include confrontations with angry people and violent offenders, but also things like dealing with suicide victims. These interviews in BLEEDING BLUE are touching and insightful, and viewers will take away a new insight into the hard, important work of police officers. Audiences will also take away a renewed sense of confidence that most police officers are good people doing their best work. Many of the most emotionally powerful scenes in the documentary involve police officers who have lost their lives or become seriously injured during the course of their work. One example involves a family grieving the loss of their son and brother. BLEEDING BLUE is a small way to honor such tremendous sacrifices.

Other parts of the documentary showcase the extreme anti-police rhetoric coming from radical leftist groups like Black Lives Matter and even politicians like President Barack Obama, who should know better. The most eye-opening sequence in these parts is a discussion of the recent riots in Ferguson, Missouri. In 2014, false reports of a deadly police-involved shooting of a petty thief who apparently assaulted a police officer and tried to grab his gun were repeatedly made by the national “news” media and by the Obama administration, leading to several nights of rioting. As a result of the leftist lies concerning Ferguson, police officers in other cities started pulling back from working so overtly in high crime areas, leading to increases in murders, assaults and even deadly attacks on police officers.

BLEEDING BLUE is decidedly Christian and often deeply and profoundly moving. Several Bible verses are cited and there are several first-hand descriptions of an officer’s faith. The movie is also quite patriotic, expressing a deep love for American freedoms and culture. However, some of the subject matter isn’t suitable for younger children. For example, the movie contains vivid descriptions from officers of violent encounters and a few gruesome crime scenes. Also, there are several scenes where some “f” words are partially bleeped out by the filmmakers.

Thus, BLEEDING BLUE warrants caution for older children and other sensitive viewers.

Content:

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong Christian, moral, American, patriotic worldview where verses from the Bible and first-hand accounts of personal faith are highlighted, the bravery and sacrifice of police officers are celebrated, service to God is held up as an important part of a good life, and deeply patriotic imagery honors the best parts of America;

Foul Language:
Some bleeped out “f” words and a sign with an “f” word where the “f” is partially blocked out;

Violence:
Many vivid descriptions of violent altercations between police officers and suspects, some gruesome descriptions of crime scenes including pictures of blood and intense, emotional, first-hand accounts of discovering the bodies of victims of murder and/or suicide (including the body of a young girl murdered at movie theater massacre in Colorado several years ago);

Sex:
No sexual content;

Nudity:
One obscured picture of fully nude children living in squalor;

Alcohol Use:
Several mentions of alcohol and drunkenness, though always negative;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drug content; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Other miscellaneous immorality (like stealing) confronted by police officers and some discussion about complicated issues concerning racism and race relations.

In Brief:

BLEEDING BLUE is a documentary exploring potential bias against the police in American politics, news outlets, entertainment, and culture. Kenny Latimer’s documentary examines negative portrayals of police against the stories and viewpoints of real police officers. Viewers hear firsthand accounts of the hardest parts of policing, including violent altercations with suspects, gruesome crime scenes, complicated situations, and dealing with deceitful politicians and media hacks. Experts in sociology, theology, and criminal justice also discuss the issues.

BLEEDING BLUE is an amazing documentary. At its best, it’s a revealing, deeply moving look into how dangerous and complicated police work is. It provides valuable insights into how hard it is to be a police officer and offers a moving tribute to the sacrifice officers make for us every day. First-hand accounts from real police officers are especially riveting. BLEEDING BLUE provides extremely valuable insights into the dangers police officers face. It also exposes the terribly nasty anti-police rhetoric that makes their job harder and more dangerous. BLEEDING BLUE warrants caution for older children because of some violent images and descriptions, and some bleeped out “f” words.