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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.
This is an unspeakably bad film.
Not sure why they didn't decide to go ahead and call this "Fremont & Coates."
More of a James Ellroy movie than a David Ayer movie, would be very familiar to anyone whose seen LA Confidential or Dark Blue, more in common with the latter though.
This has far too many moving parts for something so simple. Keanu's perceptiveness takes a hit when a cryptic comment from Hugh Laurie's IA investigator sets him to investigating his own unit. Keanu's inherent morality takes a hit when it's largely externalized into the fresh-faced Chris Evans character. Keanu's agency takes a hit when you backfill the story and realize he's been cluelessly under the sway of his unit head, played by Forest Whitaker, for years. Ayer's direction shows a good understanding of character (revealed through setting and action) and space (situating oneself in it with specificity) but this is a largely forgettable outing and one that feels disconnected from purpose and ambition.
Dirty, gritty action. Keanu rocks!
Street Kings is a high powered crime thriller involving crooked cops. Keanu Reeves is the main gun on a hit squad for the LAPD named, Tom Ludlow. He and a few other elite cops do certain, illegal tasks for Captain Jack Wander (Forest Whitaker). Things start to go south for Wander's team, when another cop in the division starts to snitch to Internal Affairs and then winds up dead. The captain of Internal Affairs is James Biggs, played by the great Hugh Laurie. Biggs is looking for any little thing to pin Wander and his team to the wall. The story gets even better when Tom is accused of some crimes and has to clear his name. Even if it…
David Ayer's sophomore effort yields a predictable police corruption drama with plot holes at Swiss cheese-level abundance. Still, the acting's solid all around: Keanu's impeccably cast, Forest Whitaker proves his versatility yet again, and Hugh Laurie appears as House (if he were a cop and without recourse to Vicodin). Finally, the film boasts some especially visceral, anatomically plausible gun violence and some cool shots of L.A.
I've been binge reading James Ellroy when suddenly- lookie here an original Ellroy screenplay!
This is a decent little neo-noir and unmistakably Ellroy- pretty much a condensed version of L.A. Confidential directed as Training Day. Tough Guy writer and Tough Guy director cause for some embarrassing 2008 machismo, but man, I miss this kind of original cop mystery today.
always turn a movie off if terry crews dies in the first 20 minutes.
These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…