After a successful run with the movie "Training Day," David Ayer takes on the role of director for "Street Kings," a gritty cop drama penned by James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia).
Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) is an LAPD cop caught up in personal and professional turmoil. As he tries to come to terms with the loss of his wife, Ludlow begins having issues with fellow officer Terry Crews (Terrence Washington) and decides to take matters into his own hands. His plan backfires when he witnesses Crews being gunned down by two gangsters. Captain Jack Wander (Forest Whitaker) cleans up the mess, stressing that it is in Ludlow's best interest and of the parties involved to get rid of the security tape that may implicate him. Captain James Biggs (Hugh Laurie) doesn't buy into their spin and let's them know that he's looking into the matter as well.
Ludlow is unable to let things go and wants to bring the perpetrators to justice in his own rule-breaking way. He starts questioning loyalties within the system and realizes that some of his colleagues are corrupt. With his own ideas of justice, Ludlow goes against the system and tries to weed out the bad guys.
This movie obviously has an impressive list of actors. Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker gives a good performance. Hugh Laurie was in his element with the type of character that he played, however, I think his talents were underutilized as he didn't have much screen time. Rap star Common was also given very little screen time but shows promise as an actor. Appearances by Cederic The Entertainer and rap artist The Game are very brief as well. Chris Evans did a good job playing the role of Detective Paul Diskant and his scenes with Keanu Reeves are notable. Keanu's role is not of a hero nor of a villain. He is someone who probably started out with good intentions but the system somehow changed him. He also manages to bring some intensity to the role with few words but more action. As for the film in general, the guns were blazin' and personally I found it quite violent. Yes, it's a cop movie so obviously there will be violence, but it was a bit much. Street Kings is an intense film and shows that corruption is not limited to any race or social standing.
-15 Deleted Scenes
-10 Alternate Scenes
-"Street Rules: Rolling with David Ayer and Jaime FitzSimons" featurette
-HBO First Look – City of Fallen Angels: Making Street Kings