Street Kings

  • 15
  • David Ayer (2008)
  • US
  • 104 min
Street Kings
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

James Ellroy, the author of LA Confidential, returns to familiar territory co-writing this brooding cop drama. In fact, it's a tad too familiar, and as the detective wrestling with a moral dilemma, Keanu Reeves looks more than a little uncomfortable. A sinister Hugh Laurie is the man who makes him squirm in his seat, playing the Internal Affairs honcho who suspects that Reeves's widowed policeman has killed a fellow cop to cover previous violations. In fact, he may just be the tip of the iceberg in an above-the-law department presided over by Captain Jack Wander (Forest Whitaker). Director David Ayer (who wrote the Oscar-winning Training Day) generates a fair amount of intrigue as he examines the rogue cop's motives. It's just a shame that Reeves can't put across the same complexity, and that the script eventually succumbs to cliché.

Plot Summary

Crime drama starring Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker and Hugh Laurie. A temperamental cop is investigated by Internal Affairs as he hunts those responsible for the murder of his partner. As the scent grows stronger, he must decide whether justice should be served in a court of law, or by his own means.

Cast and crew


Detective Tom Ludlow
Keanu Reeves
Captain Jack Wander
Forest Whitaker
Captain James Biggs
Hugh Laurie
Detective Paul Diskant
Chris Evans
Cedric the Entertainer
Sergeant Mike Clady
Jay Mohr
Detective Terrence Washington
Terry Crews
Linda Washington
Naomie Harris
The Game
Grace Garcia
Martha Higareda
Detective Dante Demille
John Corbett
The Chief
Daryl Gates


David Ayer

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Violence and swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 18 Apr 2008
Certificate 15
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent