Street Kings (Blu-ray)

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Gripping performances by Keanu Reeves, Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker and an all-star supporting cast power this action-packed crime thriller, in which a veteran cop finds himself ensnared in a deadly web of conspiracy and betrayal. Reeves stars as Tom Ludlow, a hard-nosed detective with a talent for delivering brutal street justice. When evidence implicates him in the murder of a fellow officer, the violence around Ludlow explodes as he realizes his own life is in danger and he can trust no one.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 208343348
UPC 024543525905
UPC 14 00024543525905
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/9/2010
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Actors
Name Reeves,Keanu
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ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Cops countermanding the law, using the close-knit nature of their badge to secretly settle scores on the street, have long since become a cinematic cliche. The police have gone from donut-munching jokes to felons in blue and black finery. From the decent beat officer taking bribes to buffer his paycheck to the undercover operative in so deep he no longer remembers what side of society he's on, "to protect and serve" has been modified--at least in the movies--to "pervert and steal." Street Kings, the latest motion picture inspired by a story from James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential), dabbles freely in this kind of corrupt no man's land, and for the most part, it's a thrilling journey...It's just too bad then that Street Kings doesn't offer up anything new or original. Indeed, fans of Curtis Hanson's Oscar-winning L.A. Confidential be able to predict the ending without seeing the entire storyline. Yet Ayers delivers enough genre basics, turning the narrative in ways that make the cliches seem clever, that we don't mind revisiting these stale situations. Calling a film derivative is usually considered detrimental. For Street Kings, being an above-average example of an overused idea is not necessarily a bad thing. An influx of invention would have made this a modern classic. As it stands, it's solidly serviceable.
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Reviewer Bill Gibron
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Street Kings has the look and feel of an '80s cop thriller. Despite the predictability of the overall story arc, there's suspense and tension to be found between the credit sequences, but the movie is saddled with an ending that is both improbable and borderline insulting. Lead actor Keanu Reeves, who may never become a great actor, has developed enough skill over the years to pull off the role of a dirty cop who begins to grow a conscience. It helps, of course, that his supporting cast includes Forest Whitaker and Hugh Laurie. Director David Ayer, making his second feature, has a screenwriting background in cop movies (including Training Day) and co-writer James Ellory is a respected name in the crime genre. The result of this collaboration is a generally strong motion picture that implodes two minutes before it ends...In a way, cop movies are like romantic comedies - they only need to do one thing and, as long as they do it well, there's no need for them to stray from the one true path. Generally speaking, Street Kings abides by that maxim. The movie has a strong enough identity to keep the feelings of deja vu largely at bay (although Hugh Laurie's character skates a little close to Dr. House for comfort, but Hollywood loves to pigeonhole even the best actors) without going so far afield as to alienate die-hard adherents of the genre.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Reeves,Keanu
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
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Chloe Houser, KPDX-TV A full-throttle thrill ride.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News ...an enjoyably tough, blood-splattered action drama that revolves around the one good cop at its center.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter ...covers familiar territory but does so with ruthless efficiency, intense performances and a densely packed plot...
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle ...[Street Kings is] a tight, propulsive action thriller, but there's one thing to marvel at, and that's James Ellroy's command of story.
Peter Debruge, Variety A brutal look at police corruption that allows director David Ayer and "L.A. Confidential" author James Ellroy to pool their deeply cynical insights.

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