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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.
Movies about corrupt cops in L.A. seem to be a dime a dozen. David Ayer has been involved in one way or another in five different films that have a police flavor. His experiences as a young adult living in South Central seems to have been a rich source of material for his often violent and realistic take on both gangs and the battle between them and a thin blue line where the difference between right and wrong and law and order become blurred among the bullets.
Starring Keanu Reeves as a no-nonsense loose canon of a detective who does things his way in another film where the good guys are as bad as the bad guys. Corruption, deception, and…
Keanu Reeves became a bona fide Hollywood action star following the success of Point Break and Speed. He's done almost every genre of films in a career spanning almost thirty years, but his reintroduction last year as an action star in the film John Wick has reminded everyone of his talent. David Ayer's Street Kings came along back in 2008 to mixed reviews and little fanfare. It is however a very entertaining thriller that is elevated by a strong support cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Hugh Lawrie, and Chris Evans. With a plot focusing on police corruption at the highest level and starring Keanu as a police officer who bends, breaks, and ignores the rules, this is an all action…
It's all extremely standard but Keanu delivers a decent performance. Or maybe he's just a likable dude. Who knows. Ayer completed.
Essentially L.A. Confidential in Training Day wrapping paper, Street Kings is just about as meat and potatoes as crime thrillers and action films get, but it's elevated by David Ayer's slick direction, great performances, and intense action sequences.
"What ever happened to just locking up bad people?"
"We're all bad, Tom."
L.A. neo-noir that's really a horror film at heart. Dirty money & hard evidence are holed up in the wall of a suburban home. It's scary that Keanu Cop must navigate a world of systemic corruption, abuse of power and institutional racism; it's scarier still that David Ayer presents Keanu Cop as an out-and-out hero, with zero satire. Here, he gets to be judge, jury and executioner. He gets off scot-free after shooting Forest Whitaker in cold blood. He gets a big iconic close-up as the sun breaks on a new day in the background. It almost plays as parody. The cynic in me loves it.
the David Ayer colouring book of David Ayerisms but totally coloured in the same colour. no bleeding of the lines. everything just a dark shade of Police Blue. so utter shan in every way it barely goes beyond being identifiable as its own film and, as it turns out, totally perfect sunday viewing if ur working through some personal malaise you cant pull, stretch and catapult out the window like you fucking wish you could
That moment when Dr. House pulls back the hospital curtain though. I thought we were going to have a crossover episode.
Almost a miss for me. You can really see that this is an early film for Ayer. Lots of familiar faces show up, but in the end if you want to see a great LA cop drama, watch Dark Blue, or Ayers own End of Watch.
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Finished it today. Split it into four chunks, just watching it when I was bored or wanted to see a stupid cop film. Don't know when I started it, but I think it was prepare for Suicide Squad, which I saw months ago now, and gives you an idea of how long this has taken me to watch. Thought it was pretty dumb and boring when I began, but the last forty minutes or so are decent. I'm a big fan of LA crime in particular, so that helps I guess, but everyone's good in this and it's admirably cynical. Also, shout out to James Ellroy, who gets a story and script credit, who I presume is responsible for whatever…
Okay film, saw the ending coming.
This is an unspeakably bad film.
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