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STREETS OF BLOOD: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
After his police officer partner is found dead in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Andy Devereaux (Val Kilmer) discovers that it might have been murder. With his new work partner, Stan Green (Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson), Deveraux is taken into the depths of the criminal underworld during the ensuing investigation, during which an undercover cop is killed by two corrupt officers. Police psychologist Nina Ferraro (Sharon Stone) conducts several interviews, while the FBI launches an investigation into police corruption, under Agent Brown (Michael Biehn).

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The title is also a consumer advisory: Streets of Blood (spoken in a menacing, drawn out growl) is a hard knuckle police procedural with turbo charged elements and plenty of heat. Val Kilmer is gutsy and full of screen authority as the cop in the middle, Sharon Stone is a firm-jawed, hard nosed shrink in the police department (with a Southern accent), and their scenes together, brief as they are, have a real edge. Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson is memorable as the new partner, a cop who joined the force just to make a wage not a difference, and Michael Biehn is coldly effective as nasty FBI Agent Brown.

The corrupt cops are meaner than the gangs that spread like a virus, feeding off the shambles of post Hurricane Katrina ... all in all, a devil of a cocktail for an evening's bullet ridden entertainment.

Shot in the chaotic hand held style favoured these days by nearly every filmmaker (such an unfortunate fashion), the busy look is given fever pitch treatment by a hyperactive soundtrack, to make the whole thing an immersive experience. Never mind the details, just follow the expletives and the gunshots ...

To its credit, the screenplay plays on the grey areas - the characters are all shade of it. And to make things a little less predictable, the antagonisms between working cops and the establishment/bureaucracy (eg FBI and judiciary) is given a good working over.

Published December 3, 2009

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STREETS OF BLOOD: DVD (MA)
(US, 2009)

CAST: Val Kilmer, Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, Sharon Stone, Michael Biehn, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brian Presley, Barry Shabaka Henley, Luis Rolon

PRODUCER: Randall Emmett, George Furla, Avi Lerner, Matthew O'Toole, John Thompson, Charles Winkler, Irwin Winkler

DIRECTOR: Charles Winkler

SCRIPT: Eugene Hess

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Roy W. Wagner

EDITOR: Clayeton halsey

MUSIC: Stephen Endelman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Gary Constable

RUNNING TIME: 102 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: All Interactive

DVD RELEASE: December 3, 2009







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