Trent Ford

'Burning Blue' treats 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' era awkwardly

'Burning Blue' treats 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' era awkwardly

The earnest but terribly ham-fisted drama "Burning Blue" is set mostly in the 1990s, during the days of the U.S. military policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

The film could have been a still-vital snapshot of gay soldiers forced to stay closeted for fear of retribution and dismissal. But it feels positively antiquated in the hands of writer-director D.M.W. Greer, whose decades-old, semi-autobiographical stage play is the basis for this movie. (The play, first performed in London in 1995, ran in 1998 at Los Angeles' now-defunct Court Theatre.)

The story finds naval officer Dan Lynch (Trent Ford) the focus of an internal investigation after being spotted...

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