Movie – Street Kings 2008

Synopsis: In STREET KINGS, a police thriller directed by David Ayer, Keanu Reeves plays Tom Ludlow, a veteran LAPD Vice Detective. Ludlow sets out on a quest to discover the killers of his former partner, Detective Terrance Washington (Terry Crews). Academy® Award winner Forest Whitaker plays Captain Wander, Ludlow’s supervisor, whose duties include keeping him within the confines of the law and out of the clutches of Internal Affairs Captain Biggs (Hugh Laurie). Ludlow teams up with a young Robbery Homicide Detective (Chris Evans) to track Washington’s killers through the diverse communities of Los Angeles. Their determination pays off when the two Detectives track down Washington’s murderers and confront them in an attempt to bring them to justice.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Forest Whitaker, Jay Mohr, Cedric The Entertainer.

And here I thought the Vigilante films of the 70s were over and what did they do? They filmed one with a twist and filled it with a different degree of corruption, cynicism and violence.

I rather enjoyed the movie, the same way I enjoyed the Death Wish series in the past. The only actor I felt was a miscast is Hugh Laurie. Keanu Reeves has come along way and while he did a splendid job in this movie, I just felt that a more rugged looking individual would have been better suited for his role.

By the way, I’m not sure if it is a mistake but the rating here at Cathay is PG while it is rated NC16 or R elsewhere. The only other possible explanation might be, that we are watching a relatively censored version here. And If this is the case then I shudder to think what it might look like uncensored!

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