That's why they sent Keanu Reeves to clean up crime by any means in this fantastical crime film. With an all-star cast built up with Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, and Hugh Laurie, this film was just given the title of being a high-octane action film with a killer soundtrack. Little did the primary audience (Blacks and urban wannabes) know that they were just going to witness a film with the deaths of only minorities.
Keanu Reeves plays the character of Tom Ludlow; a LAPD officer who is constantly killing people and having his boss (Whitaker) writing it off as an accident, or hiding the truth. Whether the reason is valid or not, Reeves takes no precaution in "capping niggas" While every crime film comes and goes, It's hilarious to see every rapper jump at the chance to play the stereotypical crime boss or goon. In this film, we see the underestimated Common (Great in Smokin' Aces) and The Game (As the ordinary "fool" that houses an AK-47.)
(And of course, due to his 3 minute long scene in Street Kings, he releases an album dedicated to his performance in which he didn't have to act)
The plot is one of which is dynamic in action films. Throw a single character that houses a great tragedy, in between his own people and create twists and turns, while constantly trying to breathe life into a single character. A plethora of people claim Reeves is the worst actor to ever grace the screen. I simply ask "Have you seen My Own Private Idaho?" They all reply "No." The argument is instantly won.
As will be demonstrated in Lakeview Terrace, Police might have too much authority and are mostly deemed as crooked. When Ludlow takes a job at the complaint desk, all we see is bitching black women screaming about "pre-nup" or some "foo'" that snitched on "dem". Ludlow is the merciless Captain America of our streets.
Street Kings is a great time and presents a firm reason to continue to root for the underdogs in the endless stream of typical blockbuster garbage. It doesn't top the visceral force that is Training Day, but it is a film made for audiences, not critics. Hugh Laurie shines in his short role, and Forest Whitaker is marvelous. The cast alone warrants a "view now" title, but if you go in expecting anything more than explicit violence, sadistic one-liners, and the degradation of "African-Americans", then you're sorely mistaken.