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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Boulevard
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Dec. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KTRFRQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,263 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Street Kings is a pungent bouquet of corruption, violence, multi-ethnic mayhem, macho glee laced with macho angst, and fluorescently obscene dialogue from the mind of James Ellroy. Its hero, though he'd scarcely consent to be called one, is L.A. police detective Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves), for whom life is a wound that won't heal and dealing out retribution to scumbags is the ongoing treatment. Ludlow's the star player--"the tip of the [expletive] spear"--on a team of detectives headed by Capt. Jack Wander (Forest Whitaker). Coach Wander relies on his boys to keep breaking lurid cases, usually through deeply darkside underground work, and raising his profile with the media and the department. In pursuit of these goals, nothing is forbidden except failure, and the truth is what you make it look like. This is familiar Ellroy territory, most effectively translated to the screen in L.A. Confidential (which should have won the 1997 Oscar, and would have if Titanic hadn't launched that year). If you know Ellroy's ground game, you can pretty much guess where Street Kings is going, and where it's been. Still, the twists and torques of its urban road-rage course maintain the centrifugal force needed to hold us in our seats (a tactical highlight: refrigerator adapted as rolling barricade), and the movie keeps bopping us with oddball casting coups: comic Jay Mohr and Northern Exposure/Sex and the City veteran John Corbett as two members of Coach Warden's gonzo detective squad; Cedric the Entertainer doing a nicely nuanced turn as a street creature; Hugh Laurie doing a less-hyper version of House, if House worked Internal Affairs.

The problem is that director David Ayer keeps everything intense. Dialogues are shot too close-up, line readings are too strident, the action is too nonstop slam. Recall Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential and the mind's eye summons up a whole spectrum of existence, mood, place, historical period, emotional investment; there's an amplitude to the picture and the sensibility bringing it to us, something besides the whodunit and the endless rap sheet of nasty what-they-done. Everything in Street Kings is one-note, and with Keanu Reeves playing it implosive and Forest Whitaker locked in crazier-than-an-outhouse-rat mode, that's no way to stay the course. --Richard T. Jameson

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ware on 4 Feb. 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
starring keanu reeves and forest whitaker primarily, this is a tale very much in the style of the tv show "the shield", though perhaps not quite as good. also similar to a film called "dark blue" a few years ago starring kurt russell. keanu reeves plays it in his usual understated method, allowing for the showier actors to steal the stage - notably forest whitaker who is, as usual, absolutely breathtaking. also watch for the cameo by hugh laurie, playing a variation on his "house" persona, apparently.

overall i rate this film highly - it's dark, brutal and well-made with great performances throughout.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 8 Jun. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Street Kings made little impact at the box office, but it's actually a very decent film. Keanu Reeves is excellent in the lead role and his character has great depth. The film had me gripped from the first five minutes right through to the end. Although it offers up little in the way of surprises at the end, I found myself asking all kinds of questions about the characters for the first hour.
Great support from Chris Evans and Forrest Whitaker - Street Kings has a great script that takes the time to develop the characters. The script was co-written by James Ellroy which probably explains why for large parts it feels like LA Confidential set in modern day.
This is a film that is definitely worth a watch if you like a good thriller where all of the characters have depth. The bad guys have genuine reasons for being the way they are, and the good guys are flawed.
Overall, a well written thriller, with a solid cast.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I'd never heard of it, it had Keanu in the lead role, and I bought it 2nd-hand. Everything hinted this film was a turkey, but it wasn't!

I'm really glad I took a punt and bought it despite my reservations, as it turned out to be action packed, with a pretty good story line too, which centred on the relationship between corrupt LA cops and the LA gang culture.

Keanu plays a cop on the edge, who breaks in to crack dens and kills his suspects on site - shooting first and asking questions later, he plants evidence and does what he has to to make sure the bad guys don't get away. However, he uncovers that he may not be the only bent cop in the LAPD, and that other may be bending the rules for personal gain rather than to rid the streets of scum.

We get the usual wooden acting you'd expect from Keanu, but a supporting cast which includes Forest Whitaker and Hip Hop's 'The Game' and 'Common' (plus original Blood gang member and OG 'Bones') make for a believable cast, who carry him through every scene so it's never a problem. The sets and scenery are great, action sequences are tight and punchy, and overall the film was a really good watch.

The twists and turns are fairly expected - but then they always are these days - and you arrive at the bad guy you always knew you would, but the journey there is enjoyable. Plus there are a few suprises along the way - Hugh Laurie being one of them. I still can't get used to him and an American accent.

Overall the film reminded me very much of 'Training Day' staring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, and I think anyone who liked that film, will enjoy Street Kings too. The Blue Ray transfer is excellent and it made a change to be pleasantly surprised for once. I was expecting garbage but got gold.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
Tom' ( Keanu Reeves ) is a under-cover cop seemingly out of control since his partner had been killed, his 'chief' 'Captain Jack Wander'( Forrest Whitaker ) seems keen to cover up 'Tom's' involvement in a series of killings.
Corruption seems the 'norm' throughout the police department,true friends and reliable colleague's appear a little thin on the ground.
The film is really a hard hitting and 'gritty' offering, probably a film for the boys ( grown-up's ) rather than sharing the watch with 'er' in doors.
'Keanu' will never be a great actor in my view, however this role suits him, perhaps one of his most convincing performances.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DL Productions UK VINE VOICE on 11 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
Corruption is really a big problem for the police, it undermines their work and makes god cops look bad. You might think their vigilante manoeuvres will cause more impact than if a judge had handed down a sentence, but where does it end? When does the police stop? This film by Training Day director David Ayer looks closely at the problems of when a barrage of cops become dodgy, and cause a lot of problems for the police service in total.

The film looks closely at Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves - Speed, The Matrix) who wouldn't think twice about popping a cap into a bad guy if needed; he's ruthless and uncaring about whether there's a fair trial, he's an executioner - he lives for the body count. His chief, Jack Wander doesn't really like what he is doing, but usually covers for him. When another cop, Washington (Terry Crews - Julius in Everybody Hates Chris), decides to end the circle of hate, things go horribly wrong, and a chain of killings and cover ups happen.

This is quite an intense movie which tends to get rather gory and goes through a cycle that can be tiresome - with Keanu's portrayal of Tom a bit iffy at times. Hugh Laurie's role is smooth, but does have a bit too much of House in it to make it seriously effortless. I thought the best actor in this had to be Forest Whitaker, his dodgy cop act was worth watching alone.
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