Movie Reviews: Street Kings
Street Kings, based on a novel by James Ellroy -- Ellroy also receives credit for contributing to the screenplay -- is not the kind of film that will win much applause from the law-and-order crowd. It's the story of an ultraviolent gang of LAPD officers operating outside the law. Keanu Reeves plays one of them. Stephen Cole in the Toronto Globe and Mail calls it "a bad-cop, worse cop movie." Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune calls it "a shrill, brutal bash." But the film has numerous fans. Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle calls Ellroy's story "a thing of beauty. It's satisfying and consistently surprising, and yet those surprises are always appropriate and right, and the directions Ellroy chooses are invariably better and wiser than anything anybody might have guessed." Chris Vognar in the Dallas Morning News says it's "the cinematic equivalent of solid crime-genre fiction. It keeps the visual pages turning for a couple hours and navigates the dark corners of corruption and dishonor among men." And writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times: "It's easy to laugh at Street Kings for its bigger than big emotions, its preposterously kinky narrative turns and overwrought jawing and yowling, but there's No Doubt that it also keeps you watching, really watching, all the way to the end."