Street Kings

Street Kings

David Ayer (2008)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A determined Los Angeles cop becomes obsessed with tracking down the men who killed his partner. Accused of having a hand in the murder, he finds fellow officers turning on him and begins to question where his loyalties lie. Crime drama, with a script by James Ellroy, starring Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker and Hugh Laurie.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Apr 2008