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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated but totally awesome
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,...
Published on 4 Feb 2009 by Daniel Ware

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Corruption, Lies, and Killings
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...
Published on 11 Jan 2009 by DL Productions UK


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two and a half stars, 9 Nov 2008
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This review is from: Street Kings [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
This plays like a third of the plot of L.A. Confidential - not surprising when you realise that it's co-written by James Ellroy. Tough, but tender, dumb cop is manipulated by senior officers in the LAPD for their own ends. Everyone is cynical, everyone is corrupt, everyone is violent, to the point where you begin to wonder how the LAPD can even function anymore.And yet this modern look at crime and punishment is so old fashioned. We've seen it all before in films like The French Connection only more interestingly done. At the end I half expected someone to tell Keanu Reeves "It's Chinatown, Jake.". Violent, action-packed, reasonably acted, competently directed and strangely boring. Reeves compares badly to Denzil Washington's similar turn in the superior Training Day.Watching it,I found myself thinking about how much cop drama has moved on. I'd rather watch a couple of episodes of The Closer or Life than movies like this. Someone needs to tell everyone involved that the bar has been raised and stuff like this doesn't really cut it anymore.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ......" no, we're gonna ask him some questions, then we're gonna kill him "......, 24 Sep 2008
This review is from: Street Kings [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
The highly anticipated Street Kings marked the return of Keanu Reeves in an action/thriller role. Reeves stars as Tom Ludlow a 'dirty Harry' type detective who takes no prisoners. After his former partner is gunned down, Tom takes matters into his own hands by unofficially investigating the motive behind the shooting.

The movie is highly stylised and the storyline has some clever elements to it, which will please many folk of the MTV generation. There is a great deal of shaky hand-held camera work and colourful vibrant shots of the L.A. landscape. However the writer of Training Day makes the mistake of basing it too close to his previous work. Without giving much of the plot away, it seems as if Street Kings is a blatant rip-off of training day, only to lesser effect. The plot in itself may not be predictable, but it isn't too plausible either.

Keanu Reeves isn't the best of actors, but some how his monotonous dialogue and naivety (which comes naturally) works well in portraying a clueless detective trying to find pieces of the puzzle. Interestingly, Reeves appears in almost every scene, and this is something anyone thinking of watching this film should observe. Hugh Laurie teams up well with the rest of the cast and provides a good cameo in this `Reeves' & Wooster romp. However, the real problem is the over the OTT performance of Forrest Whittaker as Captain Jack Wander. You can't help thinking that he is trying to imitate Denzel Washington in Training Day - but with dire consequences. There is simply no need for him to shout and prance in every scene he is in.

All in all, Street Kings is still a good watch, compelling in places (even though they are few and far between) and you will empathise with the lead role. You won't reach for the remote until the end credits start rolling, but the ordinary nature of this film makes certain of the fact that it does not demand repeat viewing.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Powerful men with powerful secrets" makes for a powerful drama, 18 Aug 2008
This review is from: Street Kings [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
This is an LA thriller with some bite, a little intrigue and better than usual dialogue courtesy of James Ellroy.

A lot of it's very impressive. The action scenes are well done and the performances are good. Keanu Reeves is largely unwooden (way to go!), except for one of his key scenes with Forest Whitaker. He's a little out of his depth there.

Overall it's gritty, flinchingly violent and leaves quite an impression.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Street Kings, 27 Nov 2010
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D. G. Watson "Derek Watson" (Kidlington , Oxford U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Street Kings [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Item supplied speedily and efficiently. Product in very good order, just as described, and played very well. Good action thriller which I enjoyed.
All in all very pleased with the product and the service. Well done, keep it up. Derek
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ellroy Rules, 1 Jan 2009
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Mr. Warren M. Fisher (East Grinstead, West Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Street Kings [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Torn from the fervid imagination of James Ellroy (who wrote the original story and co-writes the screenplay) this is easily one of the films of the year. Dark, crazed and relentless, it even features a good performance from Keanu Reeves(backed up by raft of A-list character actors), and more than lives up to the peerless 'LA Confidential'. A must for all crime fans and all the twisted Ellroy afficianados out there.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keanu battles his way through a web of police corruption in this enjoyable cop thriller, 20 Oct 2008
This review is from: Street Kings [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
This is very much the sort of film where you have to make sure you keep up as if you lose your concentration for a minute then you'll end up losing the plot of the film, as there's so many twists and turns to it.

Keanu Reeves is as wooden as ever but he always brings a kind of charisma to the roles he plays and despite some deadpan acting he actually plays the lead role well. His character, an alcoholic cop who's very much on the edge, is a departure from Reeves's normal roles. His character is far from whiter than white, he serves a corrupt Captain, and his methods are often indistinguishable from the crooks he's trying to bring to justice.

But when the corrupt circles Reeves's character mixes in results in the murder of his ex-partner, he decides enough is enough. This is where the twists and turns start as the web of corruption is so well organised it's difficult to tell who can be trusted and who cannot. The film has its brutal moments as Reeves's character single handily takes on the organised corruption that he used to be a part of.

The film powerfully portrays how corruption brings out the worst in people, turning good cops into bad cops, and shows how turning a blind eye to such corruption is almost as bad as being a part of it. This a very enjoyable thriller with some good performances all round, definitely worth checking out.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than I had hoped..., 14 Oct 2008
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C. Whyatt "Music Lover" (Wargrave, Berkshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Street Kings [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
I saw this on a plane journey of 12 hours plus so needed entertaining. I didn't expect much as Keanu is a poor actor, but its actually a good film with a few good twists. Won't change the world BUT a good way to pass a few hours...
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks!, 30 Jan 2010
Unfortunately, the package did not arrive. But I immediately get my money back. Many thanks again.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Give me a break, 23 Sep 2008
This review is from: Street Kings [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Keanu Reeves clearly just relies on his looks, because he certainly can't act. I was also greatly disappointed in Forest Whitaker's over done take on a shady police chief. He looked like a fish out of water, which is a shame as he is normally a very impressive actor.

This well worn story of police corruption has been done a thousand times before. I've seen more entertaining made for TV movies. Totally unbelievable and a real bore to watch, unless of course you enjoy Keanu doing his usual stuff.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jawdropping for all the wrong reasons, 25 Sep 2008
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This review is from: Street Kings [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Street Kings astonished me. Not because of the quality of the film, but how the producers / director persuaded so many big hitting actors to sign up to it.

This plot is Ellroy on auto pilot, when the 'twist' is evident from about ten minutes in. The characters have all appeared in Ellroy and director David Ayer's work before - in fact, the story reads like some bright spark producer has watched Training Day, LA Confidential and Dark Blue, and jotted down a checklist of characters and plot points to follow.

I watched it expecting some unforeseen development to skew the film in a different direction, refusing to believe that actors like Hugh Laurie, Forest Whittaker, Jay Mohr, Chris Evans and even old Keanu would participate in such a bland, one note, stereotypical cop thriller.

Unfortunately, Street Kings is EXACTLY as it appears, and if you wrote down three endings based on the synopsis given, I guarantee you'd guess the ending. Cliched dialogue, skin deep characterisation and so so direction . . . best avoided.
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