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Street Kings (2008)

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Critic Consensus: Street Kings contains formulaic violence but no shred of intelligence.

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In the wake of the L.A. riots, an LAPD vice detective who always went above and beyond the call of duty to keep the streets safe receives a startling wake-up call that leaves him convinced he can no longer employ the tactics that made him so effective in his work. LAPD veteran Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) has borne personal witness to the worst that the streets have to offer, and when his partner, Detective Terrance Washington (Terry Crews), is killed the violence strikes a bit too close to home. Now Ludlow is on a mission to bring his partner's killer to justice, though Captain Walker (Forest Whitaker) is concerned that the hotheaded detective is taking the case too personally. Now, as Captain Walker attempts to convince Ludlow to work within the confines of the law, Internal Affairs Captain Biggs (Hugh Laurie) begins following the vengeful lawman's every move. In order to accomplish his mission, Ludlow recruits fresh-faced Robbery Homicide Detective Diskant (Chris Evans) to trace Washington's killers through the winding streets of Los Angeles. Later, when Ludlow and Diskant come face to face with the remorseless cop killers, they must chose between upholding the law and seeking bitter vengeance.

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Cast

Keanu Reeves
as Detective Tom Ludlow
Forest Whitaker
as Captain Jack Wander
Hugh Laurie
as Captain James Biggs
Chris Evans
as Detective Paul Diskant
Jay Mohr
as Sergeant Mike Clady
Terry Crews
as Detective Terrence Washington
Naomie Harris
as Linda Washington
Common
as Coates
The Game
as Grill
Martha Higareda
as Grace Garcia
John Corbett
as Detective Dante Demille
Amaury Nolasco
as Detective Cosmo Santos
Michael Monks
as Pathologist
Daryl Gates
as The Chief
Clifton Powell
as Sergeant Green
Angela Sun
as Julie Fukashima
Kenneth Choi
as Boss Kim
Walter Wong
as Thug Kim
Garet T. Sato
as Toilet Man
Kerry Ph Wong
as Union Market Clerk
Aaron Earl McPherson
as Union Market Cop #1
Paul Anthony Barreras
as Union Market Cop #2
Dorian Logan
as Beating Victim
Yonda Davis
as Prostitute #1
Siobhan Parisi
as Prostitute #2
Michael D. Roberts
as Older Black Man
Kami Jones
as Black Woman
Jernard Burks
as Money Shirt
Kevin Benton
as Lt. Van Buren
Amy Dudgeon
as Assistant D.A.
Genesis Codina
as Little Mexican Girl
Michaela Pereira
as News Anchor
Vance S. Bjorklund
as Honor Guard Sergeant
Jaime Fitzsimmons
as Senior Captain
Kenyon Gilbert
as Gang Banger
Joanne Chew
as Park Twin #1
Kel-Ann Hsieh
as Park Twin #2
Patrick Gallagher
as LAPD Captain
Kirstin Pierce
as Clady's Wife
Kate Clarke
as Demille's Girlfriend
Carlos Amezcua
as Co-Anchor
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Critic Reviews for Street Kings

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (36)

Keanu Reeves' bad-boy cop Tom Ludlow may not play by the rules, but the film sure does.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
CNN.com
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What could have been endearingly daft remains merely forgettable.

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

It's really kind of a dirty scummy piece of work.

April 14, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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Another 'roid-raging dirty cop drama from David Ayer.

Full Review… | April 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
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[James Ellroy] writes Calvinist screeds against sin; filmmakers turn them into shoot-em-up thrillers.

April 11, 2008
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Street Kings wastes a moderately intriguing premise by filling it with laughably clichéd dialogue, one-dimensional characters and implausible turns of events.

April 11, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Street Kings

Very interesting L.A. cop thriller with Keanu Reeves in his best role and performance since the Matrix films. Not only does he need more than one facial expression here, his character is wonderfully ambiguous and unusual in his oevre. The film offers a smart and enthralling plot while enjoying its own immorality. The action is well timed, and it's just fun and exciting to see the noose tighten around the main character, while cheering for him nonetheless. There are several plot twists you don't see coming and you'll certainly stick around for the ending. The supporting cast is excellent too. Overall an intense, enthralling, violent and realistic look at the good, the bad and the immoral in the war against crime. Excellent.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Top of the line Crime Action Movie where Bad Cops are running the Streets. Can not say enough about this movie. Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker are at the top of there game in this one. A must see and Must add to the Collection. 5 Stars without any doubt.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

It wasn't that bad! I actually liked it!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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