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I went to an advance screening of this and was pleasantly surprised. This was a well balanced cop drama with some gritty foul mouth dialog punctuated evenly with shockingly graphic action. What really made it good was that it seemed like so many characters were bad, you couldn't tell who you could trust! Everyone had there one little corrupt secret to hide. Forrest Whitaker was great as the Captain. At times he definitely overshadowed Keanu, but hey talking is Forest's strength, action is Keanu's strength. Chris Evans as the young cop stood out a little, but all in all not much more of the cast made a big splash. Hugh Laurie (The guy who plays House on the TV series) was as annoying here as he is on his TV show, and for some reason that worked out pretty well.
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Since I first saw the trailer for this movie during another recent
movie I went to , I was excited to see it mainly because of Keanu
Reeves. The movie was money well spent , I was under the impression
while going in it was going to be a slow moving Miami vice type movie
but when I came out I was completely in awe at how good the story line
and action was.
The basic premise of the movie isn't about the typical "hood" shootout and drug deals . The movie deals with another side of the coin which talks about Keanu's struggle to deal with the restricted police system. You have to go see the movie to fully get the true street kings experience.
All the characters are put to good use and are not wasted. There isn't random nudity and sex, the movie is a really good cop drama.
Im biased on this movie for three reasons; gun play, cop drama, and location. Having said that this movie is a similar formula to other named but it is different in the delivery from the actors. Im not saying thats it not over the top at times but overall it is a good movie for those into cop dramas. Don't go into this movie thinking "its another gangster/training day flick" Just do what people have forgotten about watching movies nowadays have. Just watch the movie and formulate your own opinion. Keanu makes his character believable, really didn't know where there going with Jay Mohr's character, and the supporting cast well they supported I guess you could say.
This movie keeps you entertained throughout. I love looking for holes in plots but was unable to locate one in this movie. Lots of action and mental gymnastics. I think Keanu Reeves did well in this movie, as did Whitaker. In fact, I think the entire movie was well cast. My only criticism of Reeves is that he doesn't show much emotion. In fact, he seems kind of cut off. But, I know what to expect from him in all his movies. He is pretty much the same. But I enjoy his acting anyway. He does real well in the fighting scenes. This movie reminded me somewhat of Training Day. I guess because it was about the L.A.P.D. and dealt with dirty cops, etc. Great police thriller. Recommend watching in the theater on HD, if possible. In fact, I'll probably get the DVD when it comes out.
Street Kings was one of the best cop movies their are in my opinion. I was really looking forward to seeing this movie. I really wanted to give this movie an A+ and 10/10 but I can't. Their was just not enough action. pretty much all the action came toward the end of this movie. It was pretty entertaining through the whole movie. I think that their was just to much planning and talking. The whole middle pretty much had no action. Their was more of a story to it. The story was very good but seemed a little bit mixed up and confusing. When you see this you really have to follow it a lot. It is one of those movies you have to pay attention to. Watch for every single last detail in the movie. Each seen in the movie turns out to be pretty big at the end. You will be really surprised who is a bad cop and who turns out to be good. I think that they could have made it a little bit better. It does get you really pumped up though. During the movie you find yourself like yelling a little bit. It even had some pretty funny parts in it as well. The trailer to this movie had some good music, but in this movie there was no music pretty much. I was expecting some good music but their was really none. Now to get onto the cast. It was very well choose by the director. I think they found the perfect cast. They all played amazing parts and did great jobs. They made it really realistic. Chris Evans pretty much had little screen time. Keaunu Reeves did a great job in this as well. I think that he pretty much stole the show from every one though. He pretty much was in each seen. Forest Whitaker did another great job. This was probably his best movie yet. He made his part very realistic. He was very fun to watch in this movie. Hugh Laurie did a great job as well surprisingly coming from a T.V. show. This was just very entertaining and had some extreme action scenes. Their was a ton of blood in this movie in a couple different scenes. The messages were pretty much aimed toward cops. It showed people that their are crooked cops out their in the world. Some of the camera shots and visuals were pretty cool. I liked some of the shots on Keanus car he drives the whole movie. Overall this was a very slick action thriller. Go see it and enjoy it.
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So I continue my foray into the theatrical releases this week as a
break from the Festival proceedings, and choosing Street Kings is a no
brainer. It was in Speed that Keanu Reeves donned a Kevlar vest and a
devil may care attitude to save a speeding bus from annihilation, and
after that he's gone on to other blockbusters such as the Matrix
trilogy and countless of other romance movies. Here, he revisits that
action genre as a cop with questionable morals, and while some may
gripe over his acting ability, I thought that he was given a role
totally within his range - that of a clueless gunslinger who's caught
up in a web of intrigue far greater than he can fathom.
Based on a story James Ellroy, who gave us L.A. Confidential and Black Dahlia, we continue the tale about corrupt cop culture, and with director David Ayer at the helm, who delivered Harsh Times and wrote Training Day, there's some amount of credibility and expectation with these two powerhouses collaborating, and from my previous enjoyment of their earlier movies, thankfully, Street Kings delivered spot on, with hard hitting, uncompromising action coupled with violence without remorse, and a deep undercurrent brewing on the political angle within the police department as well.
We get introduced to Reeves' Detective Tom Ludlow of the LAPD, who in the first 10 minutes, we witness a classic Dirty Harry styled cop who lets his guns do the talking, and employs questionable tactics in getting the job done. And he gets off the hook easy because of his sterling reputation, and no doubt being given special treatment and protection from his direct boss Captain Jack Wander (Forest Whitaker). Naturally it gets slowly revealed that the entire police team has plenty of skeletons in the closet, and while Wander may be the patriarch of the force, politicking his way to more power, he has his enforcer, Ludlow, at his side to straighten things up.
And with corrupt cops come the probe by Internal Affairs, and here's where things start to get interesting, with potential moles, and doubtful loyalties being thrown around, and in the midst of it all is severe corruption, that it's nearly impossible to try and trust anyone around, more so when Chris Evan's Detective Paul Diskant gets thrown into the fray to investigate a case against Ludlow. For those who enjoy cop dramas, you'll be in for a real treat with the twists and turns, betrayals and double crossings, and when it comes down to the crunch, out comes the guns.
But more importantly, it allows us to question just how much are we willing to sacrifice our moral ground, especially when revealing the truth will put us in bad light, or get us into trouble, and we're talking about trouble with a capital T, where innate self-preservation instincts will take over if we do not consciously make a conscientious decision to come clean. We can cover up, get people to cover up, or better yet, have someone in power to cover it up for you, but that only means you get sucked into a system, and it will continue to breed within you, for the worse.
Street Kings is excellent stuff that blew me away (caution: Fan Boy mode is on), and the ending sure is one of a kind, with the usual soliloquy, but one that really made you think on both sides of the equation - what one would do and say in order to save oneself, and how one can lie straight into the eye of another. It's classic black eat black, showing how deep the rot has permeated, and the ending just demonstrates that sometimes unorthodox methods work, but with a caution that there are always more powerful people out there who play others like pawns on a chessboard. Besides, it was nice to see Forest Whitaker getting into the rough and tumble of things after a rather docile role in Vantage Point.
Typical police corruption story, nothing special in this film. Story is
straight forward and lacks intelligence. no thrill and not much of
action as well. Plot is laid down not intelligently. Average person can
predict the plot.
Camera work and editing is OK. I think cast is not well picked. Forest Whitaker was good as usual. I am surprised by good acting of Chris Evans and he looks quite handsome in this picture. But picking Keanu Reeves as a lead was not a good. You need here a solid actor but Keanu Reeves is famous for bad acting skills. His gestures do not look like a cop. He walks like a hip hop signer performing on stage. I think matrix type movies are best from him where a spider bite turn ordinary person into superman.
I rated this movie 5 star because of two actor I mentioned above.
Street Kings is a viscerally compelling but thematically confused mess
of an action noir that plumbs new depths of cynicism about contemporary
American life in general and the Los Angeles Police Department in
Reeves plays one of its more homicidal officers: a revenge-hungry, widower detective who we first meet on an average day in which, in the rescue of two abducted children, he blows away a half-dozen suspects and plants evidence like confetti.
The plot-point comes when his former partner in their elite unit, fed-up with the corruption, squeals to Internal Affairs. Shortly thereafter, he's murdered and the hero is put on the trail of a Matterhorn of corruption: more than even HE can stomach.
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Director David Ayer is known for making movies about corrupt cops and
the ghetto. And this has just about all of David Ayer's trademarks but
just isn't as good as "Training Day". The first half is good but than
it starts to go downhill from there. The plot is about a tough cop
Detective Tommy "Tom" Ludlow(Keanu Reeves) who doesn't care about the
law, he cares about what is right and his own justice. He doesn't care
about money or fame or his own well being, he cares about unleashing
street justice. In another one getting the small fishes and killing the
big ones. And it goes in one of those directions where the protagonist
keep digging when others around him keep telling him to stop which gets
that protagonist into a bit of trouble. Now these types of premises are
alright but it's just done in a very generic way, where it goes from
street interrogation to street interrogation and so on. It just didn't
stand out. This is the second role I seen Keanu in where he plays a cop
that previous one being "Speed" but this time he is way more rough
around the edges. In fact this can actually be a sequel to "Speed"
after he spent some more yrs in the police force and sees more of the
negative attributes in humanity. Overall this is a watchable movie
about cops, the streets and crime but still forgettable.
This is a sort of Keanu Reeves' comeback flick. After The Matrix
trilogy ended, he was in a number of unsatisfactory, mediocre works,
such as "Constantine", "The Lake House" and "Thumbsucker". This role is
rather strange to him, playing a down-on-his-luck detective, a loose
cannon who lives from day to day. And considering that, he does a good
job. Only problem is that, aside from Forrest Whitaker, there aren't
any other equally capable actors here and some are quite annoying as
well. Chris Evans, of The Fantastic Four fame, tries hard but fails as
the serious and dedicated sidekick det. Diskant. Of other notable
appearances there is the rapper The Game, who is at least authentic in
I was rather surprised by this film. I must say I didn't expect much from it, but it turned out to be a rather satisfactory film-noir thriller. Reeves might not look his part but he acts it. It is also flawed because of the way everyone is either good or bad, nobody is in between. Reeves' character at first seems to be in between but later turns out to be a typical hero. What else can I say? A little, pleasant surprise and a movie that probably salvaged Keanu's career, at least for the time being, after a string of misfired efforts.
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