Reviewed by: Rachelle Smotherman
How does viewing violence in movies affect the family? Answer
“The Matrix,” “Constantine,” “Speed”
“The Last King of Scotland,” “Platoon,” “The Crying Game”
“House” TV series, “Stuart Little,” “Flight of the Phoenix”
“Fantastic Four,” “TMNT”
Cedric the Entertainer, Jay Mohr, Terry Crews, Naomie Harris, Common, The Game, [more]
|Producer:||Lucas Foster, Alexandra Milchan, Erwin Stoff, Julian Wall, Michele Weisler|
|Distributor:||Fox Searchlight Picture|
“Their city. Their rules. No prisoners.”
“Street Kings” is the story of a corrupt police department that justifies its actions in order to bring justice to the people… or so it seems. Keanu Reeves plays Detective Tom Ludlow, who under the supervision of Captain Jack Wander, Forest Whitaker’s character, has a green light to break whatever laws necessary to catch criminals. Ludlow finds himself questioning his loyalties while investigating the murder of a fellow detective. Granted, this isn’t an innovative police movie. Much of the script has already been played out previously in several other films, but during this movie, the viewer is left wondering who to trust and what’s really behind the character’s motives. There is just enough action and guess work to keep the audience intrigued.
Given its genre, “Street Kings” has over-the-top, graphic violence in several scenes, foul language littered throughout and plenty of characters with questionable morals. I would not recommend it for teens. That being said, this movie isn’t entirely dark and grim. Several characters provide a fresh dose of integrity and offer hope that good can triumph over evil.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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