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David Ayer, who wrote TRAINING DAY, gives us another unflinching look at disillusionment and questionable decision-making within the ranks of the LAPD. Ayer's second directorial effort tells the story of burnt-out Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves), a functioning alcoholic and undisciplined detective with the Special Vice Unit. While so much of this characterization appears resonatingly familiar at first, we soon learn that the character here has been tweaked. While this loose cannon in no way does things by the book, he is also far from playing by his own rules. Ludlow is relied upon by the other detectives in the unit, and by their almost maniacally ambitious Captain Wander (Forest Whitaker), to go outside the law whenever needed. The infractions he is pressured to commit are quickly and uncomplainingly covered up by Captain Wander, while Ludlow and the rest of Special Vice receive accolades for their high clearance rate. Not until one of these cover-ups leads to the brutal murder of his ex-partner (Terry Crew...
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CastChris Evans, Forest Whitaker, Keanu Reeves, John Corbett, Cedric the Entertainer, Naomie Harris, Terry Crews, Jay Mohr, Common, Amaury Nolasco, Hugh Laurie, Martha Higareda, The Game
DirectorDavid Ayer
Genre:  Drama
Release Date:  April 11, 2008
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterJamie Moss, Kurt Wimmer
DVD Release Date:  August 19, 2008
Runtime:  1hr 47min
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review by . August 20, 2010
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3 ½ Stars: This COP Drama is Tough, Gritty and Full Of Attitude!
STREET KINGS is the latest police thriller by director David Ayer, responsible for other police thrillers such as “Training Day” and “Dark Blue”. Police corruption has been the main theme for most police dramas, and this film is no different. The screenplay by James Elroy is full of intrigue and bleakness that delves into the dark side of the LAPD.      Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) is a cop on the edge, an alcoholic and would stoop to the most extreme measures …
review by . November 15, 2008
"We're the police. We can do whatever the hell we want. It doesn't matter what happens; it's how we write it up."   (Tom Ludlow)       Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) is one angry and bitter cop. His wife died (not shown in movie) in a rather tragic manner, and her autopsy was mishandled by the pathologist. Unable to put it behind him, he drinks at every opportunity while functioning as the point man for an elite police unit headed by Jack Wander (Forest Whitaker). …
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