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  • A fun ride
    Street kings will not get any points for originality...as this is what it is lacking in most, but solid performances by the cast and some really good editing accompanied by a solid soundtrack make this one possible for repeat viewing....more info
  • An enjoyable action movie
    I normally don't watch action movies unless it's highly recommended or unless I watch it with people, because they tend to suck, But I was bored so I watched "Street Kings" and the whole time I could not take my eyes off the screen and it turned out to be an enjoyable movie. I wasn't expecting anything because I didn't know what it would be like. The actors and everyone did a good job. Usually by the time a movie ends (typical action movie), I would think "what??!", but when this movie ended I was not at all disappointed. I definitely recommend it , but I'm not sure that I would want to rewatch it....more info
  • Ran out of toe tags...
    Wow! $20 bucks for another pointless bloodbath. Reeves is better with a bit of humour in the character...he never seemed to get behind the eyes of this guy. I tried to count the scenes where no one was shot...there were very few. Predictable and boring - bad cops and worse cops. Someone taking a personal shot at the LAPD? Sorry, I just don't get it. Save your money....more info
  • Mind Games
    This movie keeps you guessing,as to who really is the crook and the good cop.this movie is really great....more info
  • Entertaining Modern Update to LA Confidential
    I was intrigued when I heard that writer James Ellroy, of LA Confidential fame, was attached to this movie. Street Kings plays like a modern version of LA Confidential, albeit much darker and more cynical.

    You have similar parallels to the original LA Confidential. Chris Evans of Fantastic Four fame, plays Detective Paul Diskant, more akin to the idealistic Guy Pearce. Keanu Reeves, no introduction needed, plays the bruiser type with an honest heart- more along the lines of Russell Crowe's Bud White. Lastly, Forrest Whittaker gives an entertaining performance as the politically savvy and corrupt vice squad captain, much like James Cromwell's Captain Dudley Smith.

    Keanu put on some weight for the movie, I found his performance fine. He's often criticized for being too wooden, but I didn't notice anything that detracted from his performance. It's a genre movie, so certain plot points are predictable, yet I was also pleasantly surprised by a few twists.

    If you liked LA Confidential, and are looking for the modern update, then look no further. ...more info
  • Warning Special Features listed on back are absent.
    I was surprised to see this DVD on the shelf at best buy, so I looked at the back of the Bluray, 2 disc edition and single disc edition. All three listed the same special features except the single disc which didn't have the digital copy. I don't care about having a digital copy so I bought the single disc edition. After watching the movie I wanted to watch some of the special features, all I found was the audio commentary and trailers for other movies. None of the others features listed on the back of the case on are on the dvd....more info
  • Street Kings(DVD)
    This is a great movie. There is a lot of suspense, drama, and action. It takes several twists and turns throughout the movie. Keanu Reeves does an excellent job portraying a cop that is being set up to take the fall as a crooked cop. Forest Whitaker does a superb acting job also with a surprising twist for his character at the end. A must see!!...more info
  • keanu a cop?
    loved keanu! couldn't image him as a cop, but he was great. He gets better with every picture. Movie has a good story line, hard to follow at first. had to watch several times to hear everything and catch every-thing. good character for keanu. good maybe for a second movie! It's nice to know that maybe men have a hard time getting over things in life. looking forward to his new movie coming next - the day the earth stood still. perfect part for mysterious keanu. I've seen the preview and it looks fantastic! Can't wait! Bette...more info
  • An exelent action-packed mystery police movie
    I have got to say that "Street Kings" has got to be one of Keanu Reeves best performances. It was made for him. If he wasn't in this movie than it wouldn't have been nearly as believable or good as it was. This has plenty of action/violence to keep all of you action junkies (and i'm included in that category) intertained. But it also has a solid plot line. It isn't just your basic every-day cop movie. It's more raw, gritty, and dark. If you like Keanu Reeves or cop movies this is definetly a MUST see!!! Even if you just like action or mysteries than you'll want2 check this movie out too....more info
  • Surprisingly good
    David Ayer, the man behind Training Day and Dark Blue, hits the crooked cop angle again with Street Kings, which stars Keanu Reeves as Tom Ludlow, a burned out cop who plays by his own rules. Anything he does is covered up by his even more crooked captain (Forest Whitaker), both of whom come under fire from an Internal Affairs captain (Hugh Laurie) that is investigating them. Things get even worse for Ludlow when he's implicated in the murder of his former partner (Terry Crews), leading to a teaming with a young detective (Chris Evans) to unravel a conspiracy that not everyone will walk away from. Gritty, profane, and violent to its core, Street Kings features a surprisingly riveting performances from Reeves, and even better ones from Whitaker and Laurie. The only flaw of Street Kings is it's conclusion, but for most of it's running time, Street Kings is a riveting cop drama. Also featuring Cedric the Entertainer, Jay Mohr, Common, Naomie Harris, John Corbett, and The Game. ...more info
  • Entertaining Modern Update to LA Confidential
    I was intrigued when I heard that writer James Ellroy, of LA Confidential fame, was attached to this movie. Street Kings plays like a modern version of LA Confidential, albeit much darker and more cynical.

    You have similar parallels to the original LA Confidential. Chris Evans of Fantastic Four fame, plays Detective Paul Diskant, more akin to the idealistic Guy Pearce. Keanu Reeves, no introduction needed, plays the bruiser type with an honest heart- more along the lines of Russell Crowe's Bud White. Lastly, Forrest Whittaker gives an entertaining performance as the politically savvy and corrupt vice squad captain, much like James Cromwell's Captain Dudley Smith.

    Keanu put on some weight for the movie, I found his performance fine. He's often criticized for being too wooden, but I didn't notice anything that detracted from his performance. It's a genre movie, so certain plot points are predictable, yet I was also pleasantly surprised by a few twists.

    If you liked LA Confidential, and are looking for the modern update, then look no further. ...more info
  • A 5 star blu (no movie review)...
    Fox once again throws the budget into a great BD. It took two days to see everything I am writing about on this release. The film has been reviewed, torn apart, hated and liked in various other reviews so I think people have gotten a good idea about the film's premise - so we will make this review about the good stuff.

    The menu navigation was brisk and straight forward on finding the main and secondary extra features. The extras list as follows:

    Inside Look: 2 minute clip on Sutherland's Mirrors film.

    Deleted Scenes: 15 clips totaling 12 minutes, with roughly 10 of those being something new. Includes an actual credit listing of the actors' scenes eliminated entirely from the final cut (was a nice touch).

    Alternate Takes: 10 clips with varying dialogue.

    Rolling with Ayer and the LAPD Tech Advisor: Essentially an 18 minute COPS episode without anyone getting out of the car; the two of them drive around LA for a day and we get stories and bites of how the morale is in LAPD, the street rules, etc.

    Street Cred: 3 1/2 minutes; Another doc of how accurate they all tried to be with bits from T Crews, Cedric, etc.

    Writing SK: 5 minute doc on the process.

    Behind the Scenes: 4 one minute clips on training, car rigging, squibs and being on the set.

    Vignettes: 4 two minute quips on certain aspects of filming.

    HBO First Look: 12 minute docu similar to all of the other HBOFL pieces.

    Trailers: A few non consequential Fox titles.

    Under Surveillance - Inside the World of SK: This one is 36 pop-ups totaling 37 minutes that can either be watched with the film or individually without the film. When this option plays picture-in-picture you will also get the trivia track simultaneously. Between that track, the PIPs, and the director's commentary - every single aspect of what went into this film - and into the LAPD history research - is covered.

    I did try to override my system and tell it to run the commentary simultaneously to the PIPs/Trivia Track but that froze up. But everything else was flawless on the quality. The picture was incredible and very trustworthy throughout. I paused and rewatched several night scenes, containing both action and still motion, and it looked crystal. The LA scenery, night panoramas of buildings, sunsets and street footage are all excellently preserved here. I know some directors prefer the Michael Mann night grain in their movies (as do I) but this film showed an awesome clarity that was relevant for the film.

    The sound was mixed with a great deal of bass so my sub was tested often - I enjoyed it... The urban music, pumped cars, gun play all mixed nicely without burying the center channel.

    I was impressed with the overall presentation of the film and give this BD a definite owner stamp, especially if one is onto LAPD history or wants insight mantra from Ayer and the writers. ...more info
  • Thrilling ride
    This is a good movie. It keeps your attention from beginning to end.
    Good acting for an action flick. ...more info
  • Leave the lights off for this part of the police world
    "Street Kings"--James Ellroy--deepest corruption, unrelenting violence, hidden acts, provocative coverups--this is a world that Joe and Julia Citizen will never see. The average citizen might assume corruption in police departments, but will never ever guess its extent as "Street Kings" shows.

    Governmental and military black ops are kept secret with no written records in efforts to make a dent on destroying evil (philosophically speaking) in the large world. "Street Kings," through the pen of James Ellroy and the direction of David Ayer, exposes a layer of police work that parallels that of black ops. Written records are required in this case but highly filtered and altered.

    Keanu Reeves is a surprising choice as Tom Ludlow, police op extraordinaire, but quite convincing as the take-no-prisoners kind of guy--one of the Street Kings of the police underworld. However, his work eliminating evil is protected by his boss, played his usual soft-spoken way by Forest Whitaker, the king of the Street Kings. Perhaps not playing his role viciously took the onus off his character's ultimate revelation.

    Once the first scene rolled with its explicit violence and the take-down by death of vicious thugs, the tone of the film is set. Tom Ludlow shows his mettle and his job--ridding the world of dark evils. At a group gathering of police ops for ritual drinks, Ludlow again shows his nature--roiling underneath a seemingly calm exterior, willing to act NOW, and barely containable by his boss, Whitaker's character.

    On the other hand, Whitaker shows his hail-fellow-well-met persona, appreciative of Ludlow's work to enhance his own political inside clawing to the top. By movie's end, we see just what Whitaker's character truly wants.

    The plot becomes quite complex with the addition of two men--Hugh Laurie as Internal Affairs and Ludlow's former partner who decides to go to IA. More murder, more mayhem. Through it all, believe it or not, Ludlow remains true to himself and to his necessary role in the police underworld.

    The film's conclusion is a shocker. I never guessed the depth of the police underworld and what our guardians of the streets would do for public safety and their own protection. Is this just a movie based on a book for entertainment value, or does the movie show truth filtered through fiction?

    ...more info
  • Street Kingz Review
    If you were a fan of "Training Day", the TV series "The Shield", or just wanna see how Keanu Reeves portrays a corrupt, killing machine, LA cop then this is your flick.

    Overall, a surprisingly good mystery moving, action packed movie. ...more info
  • Fast shipping and perfect condition
    The package was sent on time and as described. Nothing wrong with the disc at all. ...more info
  • Don't Even Bother
    This movie was so supremely disappointing. It was a convoluted mess. Keanu Reeves should stick to roles where he's not required to talk. When he opens his mouth his words sound like they were pre-recorded in a dark black hole. Stupid dialog, an unbelievable plot, contrived antagonism, and some of the worst acting I've seen since Arnold Schwarzenegger polluted the screen. These men are not "Street Kings" they are "Street Trash." Bad cops killing bad cops and the worst of the bad cops growing a conscience as he hunts down his own bad cop buddies. Stupid, stupid, stupid. ...more info