Released: Nov 01st, 1998
Running Time: 84
Director: Gino Colbert
Company: New Age Pictures Gold
Cast: Ryan Block, Andreas Bergane, Michael Crawford, Juan Antonio, Scott Lyons, Zachery Scott, Paul Morgan, Sharon Kane, Cutter West, Rod Garetto, Brent Cross, Ron Jeremy, Gino Colbert, Rich Raines, Blue Blake
Critical Rating: AAAA 1/2
Genre: Gay and Bi
Certainly fans of Blake, Garetto and Block will want to pick this up. Cross devotees ought to be intrigued by his bottoming here, a rare occurrence.
Gino Colbert boldly crosses the line with this extremely risky video, containing a thoroughly unsympathetic lead character: a police officer who routinely fucks and then humiliates, rapes and even murders the men he encounters. Cum-swallowing, drug use all the suicide of one character are also part of the package. No gay adult video in recent memory contains such a bleak and violent storyline. Colbert, and his writer/star Blue Blake, make no concessions towards late '90s politically correct attitudes. This is rough stuff. Technically, the video is weak: Men In Blue receives one of AVNs highest ratings for the boldness, if not the physical execution, of Colbert and Blake's vision.
The video opens with Blake's character drinking himself into a stupor while on duty, then relentlessly harassing a pair of hapless motorists (Colbert and Paul Morgan) with scorching profanity and homophobic slurs. Blake then forces Colbert -- at gun point -- to suck off Morgan, who goes on to shoot loads of cum directly into Colbert's mouth and all over his face. The action shifts to Blake's interrogation by Internal Affairs officer Ron Jeremy, as portly and rumpled as ever. Jeremy is most curious about the suicide of Blake's young partner (Brent Cross), particularly since the married officer was found wearing ladies' underwear beneath his uniform. Blake denies any involvement, of course. Cross was actually drugged and raped by Blake, who dressed his victim in the panties and took a number of photographs. In a wrenching moment, Cross masturbates after his rape and then bursts into tears.
Next up is what has proven the video's most controversial scene. Officer Blake happens upon a crackhouse populated by four Hispanic men. He smokes the drug, then allows himself to be lured into a sweaty, rough orgy. All four men strip down for several rounds of sucking, and Blake is on the receiving end of a very rough ass-pounding. Rod Garetto, Ryan Block, Juan Antonio and Andreas Bergane star in the scene.
Drug use is hardly a subject considered for exploitation in gay porn, and Colbert has no real point in doing so other than to shock, and to further illustrate the depravity of Blake's character. The stunning coda to the scene has Blake pulling out his revolver and slaughtering the four men. During his interrogation, he claims emotional distress. Jeremy doesn't buy it, but has no evidence.
The follow-up is a relatively tame pairing between jailer Rich Raines and big-dicked prisoner Scott Lyons. Raines downs every centimeter of Lyons' cock and fucks him nicely. Like Blake's character, he tops his orgasm with a threat of violence. The video veers off into the margin here, when Ron Jeremy takes a break from his questioning for an interlude with Sharon Kane. Until now, the video has been serious. but Kane's officer is daffy. Her encounter with Jeremy is brief, just some fingering and a quickie blowjob. The hetero scene doesn't feel out of place, but the tone of the scene most certainly does. At the same time, in another room, Blake is once again on the receiving end of another pounding, this one from blond slab of beefcake Cutter West, at whom Blake had earlier lobbed a few anti-gay slurs.
The video ends soon after, with Jeremy announcing Blake cleared of all charge. It's admirable that Colbert and Blake attempted to film a gay adult video with dark themes and ideas. Men in Blue, however, is not so much an exploration of the depravity of a closeted homophobic police officer as it is a collection of violent vignettes.
Lighting is perhaps the most neglected element of the video. It is far too harsh, highlighting every flaw on the men and betraying the production's low-budget roots. On the other end of the spectrum, Men in Blue locks down pre-noms for directing and writing, at least.