“Street Kings” Really Street Princes

Genres: Drama, Thriller and Crime/Gangster
Running Time: 1 hr. 47 min.
Release Date: April 11th, 2008 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and pervasive language.
Distributors: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Directed by: David Ayer

JJ Rating: B

A man is on a special force of the Police (Keanu Reeves) and is the go to man for getting things done. Something is underfoot when internal affairs is snooping around (Hugh Laurie) and everyone is telling him something different. Who should he believe? Street Kings.

I don’t ever want to go to L.A. and live there. I’ve already visited once and did not really like it. I found it to be more dirty than necessary. It was fun, though. I like seeing the sites, but that’s about it. Now these films that are dealing with corruption and such always seem to come out of L.A. cops or Boston cops. Reality is stranger than fiction, sure, but there cannot be this many films that have to deal with such things and not have some hint of truth to them, somewhere down the line.

Over all I did not really like the film. I give it a B mainly for acting and not because of the content. It was too predictable in what was going on. By the time they were at the table during the party and talking trash I knew what was going on. It sucks because as the film goes on things start to happen and instead of being shocked I was like, oh I knew that. I’m sure I’m not the only one that felt that way when I saw this film. I just dislike knowing who is going to die and when and why. It’s just sucks.

I like the entire beginning. It’s a silent beginning and it shows how Keanu Reeves’s character is. It was a great couple of scenes. I really like scene when he’s dealing with these Korean guys. It’s so funny and true. That has got to be one genius scene. That is the scene I’ll remember when I think of this film. It was just perfect. Seeing Reeves with guns again was pretty cool. He just looks like the gun wheeling type.

Reeves, to me, is just an awesome actor. He has that demeanor and style that no one else can handle, because it’s his. People like to state he can’t act and when I hear that I think of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and then that thought is defeated. The way he does things now is a bit on the bland side to some, but to me it fits with every character he has been given. I like the not knowing if he’s serious or not tone.

Forest Whitaker is just a great actor. He can play someone that is so smooth and kind like he did in Vantage Point or he can be vicious and ruthless like he is in Street Kings; and be believable. When he and Reeves have a scene a the end he just milks that character for all he‘s worth. It was a great scene because of him. Hugh Laurie can be more than Dr. House. Though this character was not totally 180 away but it was not the same and therefore makes it a good character to take on. I like how they introduced his character, I laughed. I think I might have been the only one that did laugh. I think he did a good job with his role. Chris Evans was toned down from other films. He was more subdued in this film. It was a different look at him. I think he can act and I like him as an actor. He did an ok job in this one. He gets major points for doing something different than what he has done before.

Street Kings has gun fights and they are pretty cool and the get away scenes, the escaping moments are all good too. Over all those were not the weak points of the film and if you see it for those you most likely will not be disappointed. I was entertained by them, they are unique and take on different perspectives and creative thinking with the fights. This is also why the grade is high.

Street Kings only failed on the predictability of the story line and to me that’s a major booboo for many films that are trying to keep things a secrete to allow a reveal of some sort. If you are going to see this film just know that you might figure out everything before the ending but the fight scenes are pretty nifty and the acting is good, so it’ll make up for most of the flaws in story line with those things. Street Kings had the acting and the action to make it so, but because of the writing I’ll have demote it to Street Princes.

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