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Street Kings

  • Drama
  • 2008
  • David Ayer
  • 104 mins
  • 15

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Detective Tom LudlowKeanu Reeves
Captain Jack WanderForest Whitaker
Captain James BiggsHugh Laurie
Detective Paul DiskantChris Evans
ScribbleCedric the Entertainer
Sergeant Mike CladyJay Mohr
Detective Terrence WashingtonTerry Crews
Linda WashingtonNaomie Harris
CoatesCommon
GrillThe Game
Grace GarciaMartha Higareda
Detective Dante DemilleJohn Corbett
The ChiefDaryl Gates

Crew

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DirectorDavid Ayer

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2008-04-18
Language
English
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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