Street Kings

I think guns are evil.  That’s the long and short of it.  I grew up with guns, I’ve hunted, I’ve killed with guns, I’m even probably a better shot than you are.  I am completely at home with guns and the evil power over life they wield.  Guns kill people and do so indiscriminately.  They kill children sitting at their breakfast tables, people stuck in lives of poverty, old folks on the street, confused teens thinking violence is fun.  The only problem is, guns are just so damn cool.  I think guns are terrible and very, very dangerous, yet I still find myself wanting one every now and again.  Now there is a new film out which will fill you with those same feelings of murder lust.

Starting this August 19th, now available on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment comes a gripping tale of justice and death in the gritty streets of Los Angeles.  Street Kings is ready to burst into your living room and blow you away with it’s tale of justice and the lengths some people will go to get it.  Bring home this realistic and monumental film today.

This film is packed with actors and comes from a phenomenal writer and a great director.  The story for this film was written by James Elroy, directed by David Ayer, and it stars Keanu Reeves, Forrest Whittaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Common, The Game and Cedric the Entertainer.  Reeves is Detective Tom Ludlow, a recent widow on the LAPD.  He suspects another cop killed his wife and so with the help of Whittaker as his mentor, Captain Wander, he sets out to get his justice.  What follows is a tale of guns, more guns, some killing, blood, dark colors, bullets coming out of guns, bullets going into people, and even more guns.

The special features included in this DVD are an optional audio commentary from director David Ayer, 15 deleted scenes, 10 alternative scenes, 10 vignettes, an HBO first look at the making of this film and a featurette about working with the director on this film.

This film is a completely guilty pleasure.  Everyone knows that Keanu Reeves cannot act to save his life or Zion and Forrest Whittaker was in Phone Booth.  Ouch on both parts.  Yet I found this film to be strangely compelling.  The writing is good and I really enjoy the moral grayness of each character, where everyone is both good and evil, never simply one of the above.  As is usually the case in movies with rappers like Common and The Game, it is always their minor characters that put in the shining performances which define the film.  Common especially is without reproach in his role in this film.  I recommend this film for those who simply want to shut off their brains and enjoy a movie which makes you love guns again.

In the land of feel good movies, this film is King.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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