Sometimes movies are exactly what you expect. Sometimes they’re more, sometimes less. It’s all about expectations. If you want to see this movie, I’m not really sure what you’re expecting. If you’re expecting a gritty realistic crime drama with twists and turns you’re going to be sorely disappointed. If you’re a Keanu Reeves fan then– well then there’s nothing I can do. I can however say that even if you know what you’re getting into, this movie will still disappoint you. Keanu Reeves plays a veteran LAPD cop who can’t get past the death of his wife and likes to drink. After witnessing the death of a fellow officer he begins to question and suspect everyone around him. This conspiracy goes all the way to the top! Would you like another cliché with your entrée? From the get go, everything in this film is both derivitive and lazy. Poor writing and character development hamstring the movie from the get go but then when you add poor directing, overly loud sound design (was that a handgun, or a cannon from “Pirates of the Caribbean?”) and casting that borders on the absurd you have a rushed, sloppy mess. The great thing about Keanu Reeves is that as a director, you only really have to do one take. You know it’s not going to get any better. “Okay, now swagger to the car, now glare intensely with cold, dead eyes. Got it. Cut. Print! Okay, now walk through the door, now glare intensely with cold dead eyes. Now get an ice cream cone. Glare intensely…” You get the idea. You don’t put Keanu Reeves in a movie like this. Well, you shouldn’t put anyone in a movie like this. But you put Keanu Reeves in brainless movies like “Speed” where is acting won’t hurt anybody. You don’t put him in a movie that so clearly wants to be “Training Day” or “The Departed”. In fact the director of “Street Kings”, David Ayer, actually wrote “Training Day”. Geez. But the only one even more poorly cast than Keanu is Jay Mohr as a sleazy vice cop. Sleazy, he can do, but only elitist sleazy like in “Action”. Could you pick someone who looks even less like a gritty inner city cop? What, was Rowan Atkinson busy? Hugh Laurie could have called him. And wait a minute what the hell is Cedric the “Entertainer” doing in this movie? Oh, nothing. Got it. Forest Whitaker tries his best to eek out at least one beat of actual emotion but the goofy, contrived dialogue is constantly working against him. “Friends? No, we’re family…” There are lots of really good crime dramas with really good acting in them. From “King of New York” to “Narc” to “The Departed” (remake of “Infernal Affairs”), there is a lot to live up to. I think the filmmakers should have at least seen a few of those movies before making “Street Kings.” It may have helped. Then again, maybe not. So from a marketing perspective, I’m not even really sure who this movie is for. For fans of Keanu Reeves who also like poorly constructed, wannabe crime dramas with endings you can see a mile away? That’s like six people living in a mental institution.