Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Street Kings: To Protect And Serve Who?

Up to his eyeballs in police corruption a veteran LAPD detective finds himself asking, "What happened to just locking up bad people?," in Fox Searchlight Pictures' new gripping cop drama, Street Kings. But does the answer hide in the heart of a city notorious for police brutality and unsolved murders of Hip Hop legends?--and yes, I'm talking Los Angeles--most likely.

As part of a special unit, Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves, Matrix) and his partner Terrance Washington (Terry Crews, Everybody Hates Chris) get involved in several questionable activities. When Washington turns "snitch" and is murdered, all eyes look toward Ludlow as the prime suspect. So Ludlow strikes out on his own with the help of young Officer Diskant (Chris Evans, The Nanny Diaries) to discover who really killed his partner and why. But what he discovers is a convoluted web of lies and cover-ups so deep that soon he realizes no one can be trusted.

Seemingly trying to save Ludlow from himself is his superior officer, Captain Wander (Forest Whitaker, The Great Debators). An ambitious man, his sights are set on the mayor's office and then possibly world domination judging his tactics. He keeps a tight reign on his special unit, especially star cop Ludlow, so who's keeping a careful eye on all of them? Internal Affairs. IA is set to blow the whistle on the whole crooked situation thanks to pushy Captain Biggs (Hugh Laury, House). But with no concrete evidence all he can really do is blow smoke.

Training Day movie fans will undoubtedly see some comparisons in Street Kings. It's directed by Day writer, David Ayer. What you may find surprising are the convincing performances of usually funny man, Cedric the Entertainer, as a reluctant police informant and Pirates of Caribbean's, Naomie Harris, as Washington's bitter widow.

And to no surprise, adding to the notion that Hip Hop and crime make great music together, rappers-slash-actors, Common and The Game, both tear pages from their lyric books to portray criminals they sometimes rap about. However, don't let that statement lower your expectations. Game and Common are very good in their individual portrayals and add to the great mix of familiar and not so familiar talents in Street Kings.

The film opens nationwide TOMORROW. Until then see this behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the film and listen to interviews with the cast.
















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