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Don't put your hopes too high, regarding the title, you might be
missled in thinking: "this could be something worth watching"... well
nothing further away from truth. Almost naive in how predictable can
be, every 10 minutes a cliché. From time to time You can feel and see
the effort of those involved in making the movie of trying to make it
look like a serious action movie by inserting plot twists, but no one
buy it, and by the second half even they are getting bored.
Just in case you have a boring Sunday afternoon and you wanna see it I won't spoil it, all i can say it's that at the end i had the impression that a 14 year old fan of action movies was in the director's chair. I give it a 5 just because of Ray Liotta, even that it's not his best performance.
This movie is like a poor mans Training Day. But, without even a single
The script leaves an awful lot to be desired.
It has absolutely zero resemblance to the gritty Street Kings crime drama that came before it.
The only reason I watched it was because Ray Liotta was in it.
I would say save your money, but I'm not sure it even made it into theaters.
If you don't have anything better to do, it's certainly not the worst movie. But don't expect anything like Street Kings of 2008.
Very B category movie, don't waste your time with it, don't expect too much, this movie belongs to trash bin. Lots of people will watch it because they think it has anything to with the Keanu's Street King. Nothing to compare. Storyline has been told a thousand times before. Bad cop, good cop, revenge, nothing new is really added to it. Characters are one dimensional and you don't really care about them. Acting? You wont see that in this movie. Ray's only good movie was the Good Fellas, since then he showed us nothing but bad. The best thing about this movie is the ending, because its over. Too bad, you cant get refund for it.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
"Dirty" director Chris Fisher's cynical police corruption melodrama
"Street Kings 2: Motor City" shares some narrative threads with its
superior theatrical predecessor--director David Ayer's "Street Kings."
Meaning, this straight-to-video potboiler qualifies as an in-name-only
sequel. None of the main characters reprise their roles. The setting
has been shifted from Los Angeles to Detroit. "Grizzly Mountain"
scenarist Jeremy Haft and freshman scribe Ed Gonzalez rely on Fritz
Lang's 1953 crime thriller "The Big Heat" for the revenge part of their
plot. Ray Liotta's presence as treacherous narcotics detective Marty
Kingston, and the majestic urban setting of Detroit are the only two
things that distinguish the predictable, often unsavory "Street Kings
2." Aside from Liotta and Shawn Hatosy, the cast makes little
impression, and the hard-boiled dialogue is forgettable. Nobody says
anything worth quoting. The shoot-outs generate neither suspense nor
excitement. Fisher and his writers blow the killer's identity about 30
minutes into this half-baked whodunit, and murderer's identity is no
revelation. Spotting the killer is rather easy since the filmmakers
provide red herrings so obvious that you know they are distractions.
This formulaic murder-mystery opens three years before a Detroit cop killing spree. Metro Narcs swap lead with angry drug dealers after they blow their cover. Marty Kingston (Ray Liotta of "Goodfellas") shoots a coked-up thug. Marty's slugs don't stop Mikey (Tim Holmes of "Asian Task Force") who disarms him and then shoots Marty in the right thigh before back-up arrives to blast Mikey. Marty and his crew confiscate $3 million dollars. This brief prologue serves to introduce most of the primary characters, namely the narcs. The contemporary story begins thereafter with the homicide of undercover narc Sal Quintana (Scott Norman of "The Art of Power") who Internal Affairs has had under close scrutiny for accepting bribes from strip clubs. After a drunken Quintana exits a strip joint, a hooded assailant in another car pulls up, shoots him in the neck, and later rams him with his car, shooting him two more times. We're told that Quintana was Marty's partner in narcotics for eight years. A pesky Internal Affairs cop approaches Marty after Quintana's funeral and asks him if Quintana was on the take. Marty defends Quintana as a good cop. Afterward, Detective Tyrone Fowler (Clifton Powell of "Norbit") and Detective Rogen (Kevin Chapman of "Unstoppable") approach Marty, and Fowler utters a snide comment about Marty's new friend, a reference to the Internal Affairs sergeant.
Rookie detective Dan Sullivan (Shawn Hatosy of "Public Enemies") is assigned to the case. He wants nothing to do with Marty, but he is forced to work with him. Sullivan's back story is that an unknown assailant murdered his policeman father at a simple traffic stop. Eventually, Sullivan and Marty come to tolerate each other. Later, Sullivan questions Fowler and Rogen, but gets nothing out of them. At a secret rendezvous, Fowler rants at Marty about Sullivan. Marty approaches Sullivan about Fowler. It seems that Sullivan had discovered Fowler's connection with Quintana from Quintana's own landlady at the Lap of Luxury Apartments. Fowler and Quintana were friendly enough for Fowler to bounce a check for his rent. Anyhow, Marty learns to his surprise that Internal Affairs is poised to question them. Suddenly, Fowler dies outside a massage parlor after shooting it out with a hooded character inside. Later, Rogen breaks his neck at a wharf while fighting an assailant. Sullivan tells Marty. "Got three dead cops. All killed before they talked to I.A. Something bigger going on here."
Police chief Captain Walker (Linda Boston of "Stone") wants the murderer apprehended at any cost. As far as she is concerned, all criminals can run free until the police arrest the cop killer. The authorities snag something of a break in the third narc's murder. Rogen dies as he is wrestling with the killer within the view of a surveillance camera. Naturally, the killer is bundled into a hoodie so his features don't stand out prominently enough for identification purposes. Haft and Gonzalez let the cat out of the bag early when the villain takes down another corrupt cop. As it turns out, our heroic villain used his share of 'dirty' money to pay for his wife's cancer treatments. Had Marty not taken his loved one to Mexico she would have died. Marty comes clean to Dan after he learns that Dan has found out about his wife's hospital visit in Mexico. This is the moment in act II and the first in act III. Ironically, Dan is about to relent until contrived plotting breaks and enters.
"Street Kings 2: Motor City" gets a lot of visual mileage out of Detroit as a setting. The change of scenery from the usual Los Angeles or New York City locales imparts a spontaneity but nothing is refreshing about its conventional, unimaginative plot. Sadly, Fisher doesn't stage any complicated shoot-outs. He keeps everything pretty basic. Not surprisingly, this lackluster law & order saga takes itself very seriously, with only a modicum of humor. Ray Liotta dons a McGruff, Crime-Dog costume for an amusing scene at his son Casey's Detroit school. We catch him for a moment in church on his knees where he should be spending a lot of time. Marty believes that family comes first. Marty is a paranoid personality. Moreover, he believes that the ends justify the means. Once a threat emerges, he responds with short-sighted fervor. What Fisher cannot capture with stunning action set-pieces, he tries to compensate with using suspense and atmosphere. Thematically, he explores the morally murky terrain that the men-in-blue patrol and makes it a convincingly dangerous looking landscape. Marty and Dan amount to two-dimensional characters with everybody else just blending into the scenery. Believe me, "Street Kings 2: Motor City" is no better or worse than past standard-issue cop versus cop movies. The unrated version of this cop-killer epic boasts brief nudity, some violence and bloodshed, suspenseful situations, and profanity.
Sure, this story's been told before. Old wine, new bottle. Corrupt
cops, veteran cop partnered with first-year cop, Internal Affairs on
their tails, and so on and so forth. Nothing original there. Come to
think of it, is anything actually "original" anymore these days?? What
was refreshing, at least for me, was the setting. Detroit... Motown,
Motor City, 2011. Great, great shots of the city from a wide array of
angles, including from across the river in Windsor. Just superb. If
you've ever lived in Detroit, or even just visited, then you'll see
what I mean, especially compared to the mid-70's, when I lived there.
And even if you've never been there, what a pleasant treat to watch an
action cop flick that wasn't filmed in the same ol same ol: NY,
Chicago, or L.A.
The score was excellent as well, and really set the mood. The acting was solid, and Ray Liotta fans won't be disappointed.
If you've got HD and a decent sound system, allow yourself to sit back and be mesmerized, and never mind the hackneyed plot and predictable storyline.
If you're more into witty dialog, memorable one-liners, suspense, surprise twists, and all that, then by all means, take a pass.
I'm going to keep this short. I don't ever review movies on here I just
check the site for reviews and usually if 90% of the people who write
bad reviews on a flick then I watch it and 90% of the time enjoy it. I
haven't seen a well written review in months.
This is a great cop flick. Yes it's a good cop / corrupt cop flick but it didn't steal any ideas and had a solid cast. The kid from Southland (tv) was very good and believable and Liotta while not in his Goodfellas best of parts was still very believable.
The plot was OK not great and maybe you could guess something but heck you can guess a lot of things now in flicks they all steal the same cliché's. There were some cool moments in this movie. The ending was solid too. The 1st movie was just as expectable in certain parts too. I loved the Keanu one too but I didn't watch this 2nd one expecting him to make an appearance. This isn't Beverly Hills Cop.
To many people expect to much out of small budget direct to DVD flicks. You're asking for to much. If I saw this in the $5 box at Walmart I'd buy it. If you like Southland, The Shield, Law and Order or other cop shows check this out it's worth the watch.
And stop comparing it to the Keanu Reeves version. It wasn't supposed to be a conclusion or part of trilogy it was just the same name in a different city. I wish people would criticize crap like Fast and Furious 5 for being predictable or having the same name but nope...
Check this out it's a good flick.
Street Kings was quite a surprise hit with stellar cast, somewhat
intriguing story and very good direction. Motor City on the other hand
is just mess. Not that it doesn't give any entertainment. It does.
Specially if you are admirer of cheesy B-movies or those direct to DVD
thrillers. Motor City is prime example how to exploit far superior hit
film's success, when only thing that relates those two movies are just
the title. It amazes me how they got Ray Liotta on board? Did they
kidnap his daughter? Or just blackmailed him? Incoherent plot, bad
dialog, cliché ridden plot twists that were all written by ten year
old. Ray Liotta was the strongest part of the whole movie, but he
seemed totally uninterested and thus uninteresting to watch. Shawn
Hatosy isn't half that bad actor than he looks in Motor City. Probably
it has to do something with inconsistent character development.
Oh, there's another connection between two films - Clifton Powell is in both of them. But he plays different characters.
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning
** Sunday Night * Monday Morning
Following the killing of his partner outside a nightclub and a spate of recent cop killings, Detective Marty Kingston (Ray Liotta) takes it upon himself to find and bring down who is responsible. But he is taken aback at being saddled with cocky rookie cop Detective Jimmy Rogan (Kevin Chapman) whose dedication and commitment to tracking down the guilty party matches his...and sets in chain a motion of events that will expose a terrifying case of police corruption.
So we have Ray Liotta in a straight to DVD sequel to a film originally starring Keanu Reeves that went to theatres??? Something's not quite right when an actor of Liotta's quality accepts roles in straight to DVD films that were originally occupied by an actor the, well, quality of Reeves in films that went to theatres. Anyway, so we have Liotta in the lead role, showing his age a little now, with more than the odd grey hair, a significant weight gain and a performance that just doesn't have the manic intensity that's always been his speciality (which may explain why he's appearing in straight to DVD sequels these days.)
Being a sequel to a film that only managed to be of average quality in itself, it's unfair to expect too much of this lesser profile offering, which, to be fair, has a fairly engaging detective story to it. If only it didn't feel quite so by the numbers and hazy, not quite as intelligent as it thinks it is and gradually more formulaic as it goes on. Oh well, at least it's short. **
'STREET KINGS 2: MOTOR CITY': Three Stars (Out of Five)
Sequel to the 2008 dirty cop film 'STREET KINGS', which was directed by David Ayer (who wrote the similar themed films 'TRAINING DAY', 'DARK BLUE' and 'HARSH TIMES'). This one is directed by Chris Fisher (who also directed the crooked cop film 'DIRTY' and another direct to video loose sequel 'S. DARKO') and it's written by Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft. It stars Ray Liotta and Shawn Hatosy and the only returning cast member from the original is Clifton Powell as Sergeant Greene. The film once again deals with police corruption and an investigation into multiple police murders. It's set in Detroit rather than L.A. and is really just a sequel in name only. As far as direct to video sequels go of this nature it's surprisingly entertaining and at least somewhat well made.
Ray Liotta plays veteran police detective Marty Kingston and Shawn Hatosy plays rookie detective Dan Sullivan. When Marty's partner is murdered he's put on assignment to head up the investigation with Sullivan. A series of clues lead to the possibility that the murder was an inside job and a police detective is the culprit. Dan is expecting a child with his young wife and he soon finds his family in danger as well as his faith in the job.
The movie is pretty routine and predictable and there's definitely no big surprises. There's of course nothing groundbreaking or too memorable about the film but it is well made none the less. Hatosy and Liotta are good like always and their characters are relatable and mostly believable. The action scenes are decent and somewhat thrilling and if you like the genre you'll definitely be interested and involved in how it all works out. Nothing great or outstanding but it is an enjoyable and well made cop thriller all the same.
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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The only interest in watching this film when it showed recently on
cable was the presence of Shawn Hatosy and Ray Liotta in it. Not
knowing anything about the film, since it obviously went to video, we
thought it might have been a sequel to the much better "Street Kings".
In spite of all the bad comments it garnered in this forum, the film is
not horrible, as we were led to believe. It is predictable and it is
another rehash of a decent cop working against a corrupt group of his
peers. Dan Sullivan pays dearly for wanting to be honest and do a good
Directed by Chris Fisher, who works mainly on television, and written by Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, the narrative cannot compare with the original screenplay written for "Street Kings" by James Ellroy, who knows a thing, or two, about the police drama genre. The best thing in the film is the work of cinematographer Marvin Rush who takes us for a ride through a city that has seen better days. Shawn Hatosy gives a good performance as Dan Sullivan, the good cop. Ray Liotta is not as effective as one expected.
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