Their city. Their rules. No prisoners.
Tom Ludlow is a disillusioned L.A. Police Officer, rarely playing by the rules and haunted by the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a part of his entire career, ultimately leading him to question the loyalties of everyone around him.
"A powerful yet riveting cop thriller. Keanu Reeves gives one of his best performances of his entire career as Ludlow and Forest Whitaker as well who steals the movie with some of the best display of acting from him of his career. Good performances all-around, supporting from Laurie, Evans & Nolasco. Love this movie so much, extremely underrated."
What a waste of a really good group of actors.
In every film with Forest Whitaker, the main character’s wife/girlfriend is an annoying bitch. Well, at least in this and Repo Men.
With that out of the way, I can safely say that this is a cop-movie, for better or worse. With a story by James Ellroy, it introduces us to our main character, played alright by Keanu Reeves, a cop with some problems. He’s lost his wife, lost he’s way and works as a kind of “one-man army” for the city, being the soon-to-be-chief (Forest Whitaker)’s golden boy.
As usual in a story by Ellroy there are corrupt cops, internal affairs-cops, cops using their position to do whatever they want, and so on.…
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 clichéd police movie, but to me that is what makes this movie so strong because it uses all the clichés 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.
While on a plane, I saw that my neighbour is watching this, and immediately felt the urge to rewatch this one :)
Overall, it is one of David Ayer's most mainstream works (as a director), and, hopefully, as sign of things to come - with "End of Watch" and future "Ten" and "Fury". I was borderline shocked that Ayer DIDN'T write this one - all props go to James Ellroy (!) and Kurt Wimmer, while Ayer isn't a credited screenwriter.
If you need an action man that doesn't talk - Keanu is king.
A good cop film.
It a very underrated film
Very good action and story with ending you didnt see coming very good film
Prima actiefilmpje met een niet eens zo slecht acterende Keanu Reeves.
A very good crime thriller that also doubles with its plot turns. Great action, and a very great cast. I can't really find much to nitpick here except that sometimes it loses its "feel". It kind of drags in the middle as well. However the action and good acting makes up for it. Highly recommended.
If you familiar with the work of David Ayer - e.g. "Training Day" or "Harsh Times" - you know what to expect. An exciting, all-out cop-thriller with a very well cast.
Pierde un poco de chispa en un segundo visionado, pero sigue siendo muy buena.
This film is magical. Such an enormous turd that you have to take moment to stare in awe at its majesty. Packed with lines that leave you scratching your head wondering why you took time out of your life to watch a Keanu Reeves vehicle and that it was in fact a wonderful decision.
"Why do you think we're in the GODDAMNED bathroom?"
"You gotta hold ya mud."