Netflix Finally Adds the Darkest Denzel Washington Thriller You’ve Never Seen

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There are so many excellent Denzel Washington thrillers to keep track of, sometimes I find myself getting lost among the greatness. Thankfully, Netflix is often the reason I will be reminded when one of the icon’s lesser-remembered works has become easily accessible for a rewatch.

While Washington rarely ventures into the realm of true horror or genre, there are special occasions where the Academy Award-winning cinema hero dips his toes into the weirder side of cinema. And that’s precisely what we are dealing with today.

I’m thrilled to see that the streamer has added Washington’s under-appreciated 1995 neo-noir thriller Devil in a Blue Dress. This deeply dark mystery is based on the classic novel of the same name, written by author Walter Mosley back in 1990, only five years before the release of this adaptation. The film co-stars Don Cheadle who delivers a stunning performance that would be worth the price of admission alone. Tom Sizemore and Jennifer Beals also appear alongside Washington.

The story concerns a World War II vet in 1948, as he searches for meaningful work after losing his job in the wake of surviving the horrors of war. On his journey towards financial independence, he is sidetracked into the search for a woman unlike any other.

Check out the trailer for the Denzel Washington thriller here:

The synopsis per Sony Home Entertainment:

“Denzel Washington turns up the heat as an L.A. private eye in this steamy mystery from executive producers Jonathan Demme and Edward Saxon and writer/director Carl Franklin. Washington stars as Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, a decorated war hero who returns home to the segregation of post-war America. Forced to accept an under-the-table job finding a missing socialite, Easy is caught between the white power elite and the vibrant black community of Central Avenue. And as soon as Easy and his trigger-happy friend Mouse (Don Cheadle, in a star-making performance) find the mysterious Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals), trouble follows.”

Devil in the Blue Dress received the high honor of being selected by AAFCA member, Ronda Racha Penrice to be included in the series Sony Pictures Action Presents: A Roundtable Discussion with the African American Film Critics Association.

You can check out that panel talk here:

Lastly, will you be checking out Devil in a Blue Dress now that’s easily accessible via Netflix? Let us know what you think on Twitter via @DreadCentral. We are always around to chat about all things Denzel Washington thrillers!



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