If L.A. Confidential and Training Day had a love child, and that child grew up to be a rap video, it would look a little something like this:
Street Kings (previously titled The Night Watchman) is the second feature to be directed by David Ayer, who has previously written and directed Harsh Times (James Ellroy, LA-based crime noir writer extraordinaire, is the main writer for Street Kings), and has written, in decreasing order of goodness, Training DAy, S.W.A.T., The Fast and the Furious and U-571.
A certain trend, then, for this action-orientated helmer. This story of gun-totin’ criminals, apparently also known as cops, stars Keanue Reeves in balls-out action mode.
The trailer, as to be expected from a red band’er, doesn’t hold back on the guns, blood and cuss words. However, it neglects to really tell us anything about the film either. Allow us to enlighten you.
Reeves plays Tom Ludlow, a veteran (yes, apparently one is a veteran at 44 in the city of angels) LAPD officer, who is struggling after the death of his wife. A fellow cop incriminates him in the death of another officer, forcing him to go up against corruption within the police department and a mission to clear his name.
The film also stars Hugh Laurie and Oscar-winner Forrest Whittaker as high-ranking (corrupt?) police officials. The good looking Chris Evans is Ludlow’s new sidekick (looking a lickle bit lost and out of place in the trailer, it has to be said) and Common fills the obligatory rapper-turned-actor part (although, in fairness, he seems to be doing a decent job from the trailer). As if the additional presence of Cedric the Entertainer wasn’t enough of the clue, the soundtrack is pulsating with rap beats.
It all still looks a helluva lot more promising than Righteous Kill, and that’s not something we ever thought we’d say about a Keanu Reeves film.