Tom Ludlow is a member of the Vice Special police squad who doesn’t always follow the rules. He does what is necessary to get the job done and if that means he has to cross a couple of lines then so be it. When his former partner, Terrence Washington, decides to talk with Internal Affairs Captain James Biggs about him and his boss, Captain Jack Wander, he decides he wants to have a decent chat with him. However, when he wants to talk with Washington in a local store the two get into a fight and little later suddenly two mobsters enter and kill Ludlow’s former partner.
Ludlow gets transfered to another department until things cool down a bit but he doesn’t want to let the killers go free so together with homicide detective Paul “Disco” Diskant he goes out to investigate. However, it would have been better that he hadn’t done that as what he discovers is more disturbing than he had ever thought…
Sound and Vision:
Sound and vision are exactly what we’re getting used to which means that there’s plenty of detail and no irritating compression errors that spoil the fun. Also the special effects come out alright with the good use of the surround speakers for additional atmosphere while the dialogues remain clear and understandable at all times.
– Audiocommentary track
– Deleted scenes
– The Black Sheep of L.A.
– Credibility on the Street
– Alternative takes
– Behind the screens
Street Kings is a movie about corruption inside the police department and although we regularly see movies about that topic, it’s been a while since we’ve seen one with such a cast. As such, the expectations get raised quite a lot and luckily Street Kings manages to deliver. The acting is top notch up to the end (except for that end itself which has a disappointing performance from Forest Whitaker) and the storyline and plot twists are quite interesting to follow despite not being all too surprising.
In the end, we can say that Street Kings is above average but unfortunately doesn’t manage to reach the top due to a disappointing ending and a story that we’ve seen already in multiple other movies. Still certainly one to check out though.