Street Kings

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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.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 208343349
UPC 024543526094
UPC 14 00024543526094
Format DVD
Release Date 2/9/2010
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note David Ayer, who wrote TRAINING DAY, gives us another unflinching look at disillusionment and questionable decision-making within the ranks of the LAPD. Ayer's second directorial effort tells the story of burnt-out Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves), a functioning alcoholic and undisciplined detective with the Special Vice Unit. While so much of this characterization appears resonatingly familiar at first, we soon learn that the character here has been tweaked. While this loose cannon in no way does things by the book, he is also far from playing by his own rules. Ludlow is relied upon by the other detectives in the unit, and by their almost maniacally ambitious Captain Wander (Forest Whitaker), to go outside the law whenever needed. The infractions he is pressured to commit are quickly and uncomplainingly covered up by Captain Wander, while Ludlow and the rest of Special Vice receive accolades for their high clearance rate. Not until one of these cover-ups leads to the brutal murder of his ex-partner (Terry Crews) does Ludlow try to dispel the apathy (and the vodka fumes) clouding his purpose. This procedural melodrama is almost completely internalized within the LAPD, as Vice cops investigate Narcotics cops, who snitch on Homicide cops, and no one talks to Internal Affairs, etc. Crimes are staged, executed, and pinned firmly on suspects with alarming efficiency as the necessary DNA, murder weapons, and fingerprints are then sprinkled around the scenes after the fact.^A study in familiar elements slightly skewed, STREET KINGS provides a satisfying dose of bright, loud, violent police work blended with the right amount of discreetly passed interoffice envelopes to keep the taut intrigue in step with the body count. Little time is wasted on exposition, and the audience's ability to extrapolate is given a great deal of credit as Ludlow's dead wife, substance abuse, and past career troubles are flashed at us briefly, then put away in favor of the crisis at hand.
Rolling Stone "Common and the Game score as baddies....STREET KINGS clips along with brutal efficiency..." 04/25/2008 p.91
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "The booze-broken future of Johnny Utah is a good look for the film....Reeves thrives." 06/01/2008 p.54
David Ayer
Chris Evans
Forest Whitaker
Keanu Reeves
Hugh Laurie
Cast & Crew
John Corbett - Star
Chris Evans - Star
Forest Whitaker - Star
Common - Star
Keanu Reeves - Star
Jay Mohr - Star
Naomie Harris - Star
Amaury Nolasco - Star
Cedric the Entertainer - Star
Hugh Laurie - Star
The Game - Star
Terry Crews - Star
Gabriel Beristain - Director of Photography
Kurt Wimmer - Screenwriter
Graeme Revell - Composer
Erwin Stoff - Producer
James Ellroy - Screenwriter
Arnon Milchan - Executive Producer
Michele Weisler - Executive Producer
Lucas Foster - Producer
James Ellroy - Story
Jamie Moss - Screenwriter
Alexandra Milchan - Producer
DJ Muggs - Composer
David Ayer - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 2252609
UPC 00024543526094
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
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.
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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Reeves,Keanu
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Chloe Houser, KPDX-TV A full-throttle thrill ride.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News 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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