In many ways, David Ayer has cornered the market on morally corrupt Los Angelinos.? First as writer of Dark Blue, Training Day, and then subsequently as writer and director on Harsh Times.? But those movies added up to little more than faux-tough guy cop posturing.
It was like he was trying to create a mythical Los Angeles full of dirty cops and trainwreck souls, one that’s posited from a white dude who grew up in the suburbs his entire life trying to imagine what a world of crooked cops must be like.? Not to say that dirty cops don’t exist, it’s just that his movies seemed a tad on the unrealistic side.? It’s arguable that FX’s The Shield, with the morally bankrupt Vic Mackie is more realistic.
Now, Ayer, is taking a screenplay by L.A.’s noir master James Ellroy (with some help for Kurt Wimmer) and casting Keanu Reeves as the morally bankrupt cop.? Except the way this trailer is cut you don’t really get what the whole story is about.
Just in case you’re left wondering too: Tom Ludlow (Reeves) is a veteran LAPD cop who finds life difficult to navigate after the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he’s been a part of his entire career, ultimately leading him to question the loyalties of everyone around him.
Ah well, enjoy it.? Not sure this will amount to anything.
Street Kings is out? 4/11/08