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Ayer does it again. The movie is simply stunning. Action packed and well acted. Whitaker and Reeves shine in a galaxy of stars. You will never look at your phone book the same way again. A Must see for the spring!

So overall, Street Kings is one gritty cop drama that practically succeeds on almost every level. It's a great movie from start to finish that delivers one of Keanu Reeves' strongest performances. This one might not be for everyone, but I totally recommend this one if you are a fan of director David Ayer's other gritty cop dramas like Training Day, Harsh Times & Dark Blue. Also, fans of Reeves, Whitaker & Laurie should also like this as much as I did. PEACE OUT!!!
"Street Kings" definitely has the street-cred. Keanu looks real bad-ass, Forrest Whittaker looks like he's digging back into the character he played on "The Shield", writer director David Ayer is no stranger to life on the cop circuit, having written "Dark Blue" and "Training Day among others, and the movie also brings on the token rappers for good measure in Common and The Game. But does it work? Reeves plays Tom Ludlow, a Vice detective on a Special Forces unit in LA, led by Ludlow's friend and former partner Captain Wander (Forrest Whittaker). Ludlow's a dirty cop, but he feels in a good way. He'll execute and then tweak the crime scene if it means taking the low-lifes off the streets for good.



His former partner Terrance Washington (Terry Crews) doesn't see it that way though, as he is in the midst of ratting him out to the head of Internal Affairs, Captain Biggs (Hugh Laurie). When he finds out, Tom follows Washington around, walking right into a convenience store robbery where Washington is gunned down execution style. Wander tells Tom he'll take care of it, but Tom is a man who values justice more than anything. He partners with a homicide detective named Diskant (Chris Evans) to follow the evidence and solve the murder.



The movie, by David Ayer, couldn't be more hard-core. It's filled with riveting gun-battles and fights and it's a movie not afraid to show some real brutal violence and blood. The verbal exchanges between characters are also exceptionally written, heated and intense with a good ear for dialogue. My favorite line by far this year is "Why don't you do the department a favor and clean your mouth out with a buck-shot." And the story pulls off a compelling morality play, sending Tom up a ladder of murder and corruption, and at the same time, climbing him further toward his own redemption. Sure, you can probably see the ending coming if your paying close enough attention, but think about it, the movie couldn't end in a better way.



This is the kind of movie Reeves is excellent in, giving his character edge and toughness but also never losing track of the character's underlying moral dilemma. Whittaker is also incredible in this movie, sinking his teeth into a character who's basically portrayed as "The Godfather" of LA. Hugh Laurie shows up every once in a while, the character feels underwritten though. Chris Evans does a decent job, Cedric The Entertainer and Jay Mohr are nice additions who add some comedy, and it's a small role but Naomie Harris deserves a shout-out for playing the down-to-earth voice of reason character.


"Street Kings" is hard-nosed, gritty filmmaking. The cast is right on the money, the writing and direction is terrific, and the action couldn't be more exciting. The year is still young but this is one of my favorite films so far.
I was not expecting Street Kings to be as good as it was. It was really fun to watch and I enjoyed it all. I found it to be all that a action movie should be... Exciting, fun, dramatic and full of twists and turns. Not so much that you couldn't see some of them coming but the fact that they did was a good thing. The enjoyment level for this movie for a friday night was great and wroth it. But overall it was a 8 out of 10 after the fact. But really liked it. Highly recomened to anyone looking for a good cop drama/action/thriller.
My recomendation: See it in theaters

the moviewookie
Awesome Movie about cops. Real life scenarios here. Seen this happen in the streets. Love the entire movie from beginning to end.
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My Review: My husband wanted to see this - not my genre, and Keanu Reeves is not a fav actor of mine. This is Hollywood's version of corrupt cops in L.A. You don't know who the bad guys are from the good cops or the corrupt cops. The beginning is off - the actors, surprisingly including Forest Whitaker, seemed like they were just reading their lines. I kept thinking, "this isn't real." Then it picked up a bit and was okay. Wasn't a very original plot. You've probably seen it all before. Note: lots of close-range shootings and course language throughout. 107 minutes? Wow, it seemed much longer.

SYNOPSIS:
Keanu Reeves plays Tom Ludlow, a veteran LAPD Vice Detective. Ludlow sets out on a quest to discover the killers of his former partner, Detective Terrance Washington. Forest Whitaker plays Captain Wander, Ludlow's supervisor, whose duties include keeping him within the confines of the law and out of the clutches of Internal Affairs Captain Biggs (Hugh Laurie). Ludlow teams up with a young Robbery Homicide Detective (Chris Evans) to track Washington's killers through the diverse communities of Los Angeles. Their determination pays off when the two Detectives track down Washington's murderers and confront them in an attempt to bring them to justice.
A mediocre, over-edited piece of film. Maybe I was tired, but I had trouble keeping the names of all the characters straight. It seemed like a film that was following a familiar formula and seemed disorganized until the end. At least there was resolution, but by that time I had a headache trying to keep up with who they were talking about and what was going on. The scene where Keanu escapes his captors was pretty good, but I didn't buy him in this role. Nor did I warm up to Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, or any of the other characters in their respective roles. My favorite was probably Cedric "The Entertainer." He actually surprised me. The female characters all seemed to blend together, not one stood out as memorable. This film just didn't stand up to prior efforts in this genre. I was disappointed that this superstar cast and director didn't deliver a better end-product.

If you want some action on the big screen, catch the matinee. It has its moments. For those that aren't big fans of this type of fiilm, wait for the dvd. It was not that memorable.
Aside from being a collective of "oh I know that guy" type actors and crossover celebrities, Street Kings turned out to be a pretty entertaining film. Not attempting to win any awards for writing or originality, it seemed like the main intent of the movie was to paint a picture of corruption and the L.A.P.D. Though I found it hard enough to accept Keanu Reeves as a broken military-caliber cop, it was even harder watching Cedric The Entertainer and Terry Crews play serious roles. Forrest Whittaker must have been in a good mood to accept a part in this one, but I will chalk it up to his willingness to help out a young cast by donating some real acting to the mix.

Street Kings details the life of Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves), a renegade badass, killer cop with a chip on his shoulder. Tom's shoot first, ask later tactics are always covered up by his congratulatory boss Captain Jack Wander (Forrest Whittaker) and scoffed at by rival officer Terrence Washington (Terry Crews). Things seem to stick to this method until an officer is killed off duty by two gang members and Tom is caught on camera during the entire episode doing little to nothing to help the officer. Captain Jack steps in to help Tom cover his tracks but the hot headed Tom goes on a vendetta to find the two killers. What he exposes during his hunt for the two gangsters leads to an unexpected twist in corruption that will force him to point the gun in the opposite direction...

Yes we have all heard this plotline before, a few hundred times but it is like the feel good sports movie or the chick flick... predictable but entertaining. This movie has every cop cliche you can think of outside of donuts. You have your corrupt cop, your Dirty Harry cop, your ambitious cop, your lazy cop, your a-hole cop and your young hero cop. The cinematography is dark and gritty, and the camera scarcely leaves Keanu's back so it's like watching the cop version of Grand Theft Auto. Here's the part where I gloa on the things I liked the most... Martha Higareda was sexy, Naomie Harris was beautiful with some unbelievable lips... good to see her in a regular role since her part on Pirates of the Carribean hid her true looks to us fanbois. I wanted to offer her a sandwich though, she needs to eat something, maybe I can send her and Keira Knightley a few gift certificates to Bennigans. Anyway Forrest Whittaker delivered like he always does and I must say I love Keanu Reeves in these roles. Neo seems to do best as the dark, troubled anti-hero, ie: Constantine, Neo, and erm A Scanner Darkley.

I cannot reccommend you go burn money on this, but if you like Common, Cedric The Entertainer, Jay Mohr (for you Jim Rome clones out there), The Game and any other rapper I may have missed, then go see it. There seems to be a trend with the get a rapper in a badly written action movie thing going that is actually working these days post DMX. I must think on this... oh I know, they just rehash old scripts, meh whatever, it was an entertaining flick. Check it out.
This was a really fun movie, i went in there thinkin it probably was going to suck but i ended up really liking it