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Street Kings (2008)
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Review Date: June 06, 2008
Director: David Ayer
Writer: James Ellroy, Kurt Wimmer, Jamie Moss
Producers: Lucas Foster, Alexandra Milchan, Erwin Stoff
Actors:
Keanu Reeves as Tom
Forest Whitaker as Captain Jack
Chris Evans as Paul
Plot:
An L.A. cop with a penchant for kicking suspect ass and asking questions later, goes a little over the line and is relegated to “desk duty” until things settle down in his unit. But when his former partner gets machine-gunned to bits by a couple of gang-bangers, the desk-jockey suddenly finds himself wondering about his place in life. Is he a bad cop gone good or a good cop gone bad? Or both?! To find out, watch the movie!
Critique:
I wasn’t expecting much when I sat down to watch this movie. I was thinking TRAINING DAY, DARK BLUE, NARC, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (written by the same guy)…some kind of combination of all these “bad cop” movies, but with lesser actors and less “oomph” or originality. But boy was I wrong! It didn’t take long but once things got going, I really got into this movie and in a big way! I’m not sure if it was the gritty style, the serpentine storyline, the many characters involved, the solid acting all around (yes, even from the rapper dudes), the slick pacing, the action, the suspense or a combination thereof, but whatever it was, I had nachos chomping in my mouth and eyes glued to the screen during this entire movie. What was even more surprising to me was that Keanu Reeves actually did a good job as the lead cop in the film, and that took me aback because I never really considered his acting to be his greatest asset (that would his “presence”), but he really did a fine job here, as a cop caught between being a good guy, a bad guy and well…a cop. I bust the man’s balls whenever he deserves it, so it’s only right that I offer him some kudos when he comes through as well. The many questions asked during this film interested me, its many twists and turns, the backstabbings, the frontstabbings...everything worked for me, and the film’s quick pace made it all that much sweeter.

Sure, it slowed down a little here and there, and some of its happenings were a tad predictable, but its final half hour was a rollercoaster of guns, murders and resolution and I for one was right up in there. Specific kudos also have to go out to many of the “name actors” in the picture including the always-fun-to-watch Forest Whitaker, chewing the shit out of the scenery, but doing an awesome job while doing so! Others in the film included Chris Evans, Hugh Laurie, Terry Crews, Jay Mohr (great ‘stache), John Corbett, hotties Naomie Harris and Martha Higareda, and hip-hoppers The Game and Common. Like I said…a lot of people were in this movie! Oh, and I almost forgot Cedric the Entertainer. That’s right…Cedric the fuckin’ Entertainer was in this shit as well and….worked!! Trust me, folks, I was first in line in prepping to call this film a “sub-par clichéd L.A. cop-gone-bad” flick, but almost everything about the movie pulled me into its snatch and entertained the crap out of me. Heck, it even had a morality play underlying the whole thing and some pretty gruesome kills…how can you go wrong? All in all, if you’re the kind of person who appreciates cop flicks a la HEAT and DIRTY HARRY, I’m quite sure that you’re gonna enjoy the goings-on in this film. Granted, it doesn’t revolutionize the cop genre, but it definitely does a solid job of entertaining for its runtime, and as a movie-watcher (and lover)…ain’t much else that I can ask for than that.
(c) 2017 Berge Garabedian
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1:33AM on 09/02/2009

Instant Classic... Cop Movie Done RIGHT!

WOW! is the one word I can think of when describing Street Kings. It combines a little bit of every cop movie we've ever seen and puts it all together to create the BEST cop movie period.

The cast is suspect at times but all of them seem to redeem themselves at different points throughout the movie. (Reeves, Whitaker, Laurie, Evans, Crews, Harris, Mohr, Nolasco, & Corbett)

While some will say that this movie is racist and is a dispicable depiction of the LAPD and it's just a rehash of
WOW! is the one word I can think of when describing Street Kings. It combines a little bit of every cop movie we've ever seen and puts it all together to create the BEST cop movie period.

The cast is suspect at times but all of them seem to redeem themselves at different points throughout the movie. (Reeves, Whitaker, Laurie, Evans, Crews, Harris, Mohr, Nolasco, & Corbett)

While some will say that this movie is racist and is a dispicable depiction of the LAPD and it's just a rehash of every other cliche and police movie, but to me that is what makes this movie so strong because it uses all the cliches and puts them together to show us as the audience the rough, dirty, and harsh ways of cops in L.A. and on the streets.

This movie should be a part of everyone's movie collection and should be considered an Instant Classic in "Cop/Action" Genre for years to come.
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8:48PM on 08/24/2008
Wow....this film was terrible. Reeves was wooden as usual and the story has been done before so much better. Some decent violence but very stupid plot. Glad you liked it, though. Please don't compare to Dirty Harry though. Man.
Wow....this film was terrible. Reeves was wooden as usual and the story has been done before so much better. Some decent violence but very stupid plot. Glad you liked it, though. Please don't compare to Dirty Harry though. Man.
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9:57AM on 06/06/2008
This movie, if nothing else, was definitely a fun film that embraced the cliches in a way that made them less glaring. Honestly, there were only two minor issues I had with it, one of them being the unintentionally hilarious bit at the beginning when Reeves is chewing out the Koreans even though he almost looks like one of them, and the other being Hugh Laurie, who seemed just a little bit too House here (the man is first seen in a hospital, to make things worse). I just would've liked it if he
This movie, if nothing else, was definitely a fun film that embraced the cliches in a way that made them less glaring. Honestly, there were only two minor issues I had with it, one of them being the unintentionally hilarious bit at the beginning when Reeves is chewing out the Koreans even though he almost looks like one of them, and the other being Hugh Laurie, who seemed just a little bit too House here (the man is first seen in a hospital, to make things worse). I just would've liked it if he maybe didn't feel like he walked in from a different movie/show. Other than that, I think everyone did a bang-up job. I absolutely loved the cast, as if the director had really given some thought to every character, even the more two-dimensional ones, and picked actors who he knew could bring out that third dimension best. I love that feeling.
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9:43AM on 06/06/2008

My take on the movie

Here's a link to my review if anyones interested. Slightly longer and less forgiving, but still on the same page.

www.deviantart.com/deviation/83813413
Here's a link to my review if anyones interested. Slightly longer and less forgiving, but still on the same page.

www.deviantart.com/deviation/83813413
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12:53AM on 06/06/2008
I agree it was a very fun entertaining cop movie and the last half hour was great. Keanu never let his game down (pun intended) with the film.

I keep getting more impressed with Common after Smokin aces, I can't wait to see his performance in Wanted.

But come on what about Amaury Nolasco, though he has a small supporting role he was good in it.
I agree it was a very fun entertaining cop movie and the last half hour was great. Keanu never let his game down (pun intended) with the film.

I keep getting more impressed with Common after Smokin aces, I can't wait to see his performance in Wanted.

But come on what about Amaury Nolasco, though he has a small supporting role he was good in it.
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