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Street Kings (2008)

Director:
David Ayer
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Crime/Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Street Kings
RUNNING TIME
109 minutes
Producer:
Lucas Foster
Alexandra Milchan
Erwin Stoff
Screenwriter:
James Ellroy
Kurt Wimmer
Jamie Moss


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Detective Tom Ludlow Keanu Reeves
Captain Jack Wander Forest Whitaker
Captain James Biggs Hugh Laurie
Detective Paul Diskant Chris Evans
Scribble Cedric 'The Entertainer' Kyles
Sgt. Mike Clady Jay Mohr
Detective Terrence Washington Terry Crews
Linda Washington Naomie Harris
Coates Common
Gill The Game
Grace Garcia Martha Higareda
Detective Dante Demille John Corbett
Detective Cosmo Santos Amaury Nolasco

 

Review

Street Kings feels like a stern and realistic crime series, wants to be a deep and nuanced portrait of crime, racism and greed in Los Angeles, but ultimately acts like a formulaic 1980s cop thriller. There are positives and negatives to be drawn from all these characteristics. The realism and dramatic potential is there for not unsubstantial portions of the running-time, and this is a testament to the writers' and the director's knowledge of the environments they portray. The genre conventions work both ways; they make Street Kings a tight and well-paced film, but they also result in uncritical, sometimes ridiculous narrative developments which ultimately deeply undermine this otherwise rather interesting story. Keanu Reeves will never be a great thespian, but these sorts of unassuming roles suits him well, and he still looks damn good.

Copyright 12.10.2008 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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