Fox // 2011 // 92 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Roy Hrab (Retired) // May 13th, 2011
Intense. Explosive. Unrated.
And pretty much unwatchable.
What is happening in Hollywood? Why are so many (once respected) actors (like Val Kilmer) finding themselves in straight to video nonsense? Were they profligate with the finances? Did they lose big during the recession? Do they have no taste in scripts? Do they simply not care and just want easy money? I don't have the answers to any of these questions, but I do know that if Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) is donning a dog costume in a direct to DVD film then it means that something is amiss.
CAPTION: "Yes, it's Ray Liotta everybody. Why Ray? Why?"
Street Kings 2: Motor City is just the latest unnecessary and low budget sequel to an undistinguished predecessor that nobody was clamoring for. This time around the action takes place in Detroit, where someone is going around killing corrupt members of the police force's undercover narcotics team. Young homicide detective Dan Sullivan (Shawn Hatosy, Alpha Dog) is put on the case. However, he's not alone. A long time member of the narcotics squad, Marty Kingston (Liotta), wants to "help" Sullivan solve the murders. And if you can't see where things go from here, well, there's nothing I can do for you.
Needless to say, in addition to the story's predictability and total lack of suspense are heaps of clichés, horrible dialogue and terrible acting; especially by Hatosy. He looks lost and distracted, perhaps because he realized how ridiculous the film was and started wondering why he decided to accept the role. There is also plenty of blood and profanity.
However, aside from all the mediocrity, there is nothing of note in Street Kings 2: Motor City.
The film looks and sounds fine. Unlike the story and acting, there are no noticeable flaws or anything to complain about in the video and audio transfers.
The release contains a worthless set of extras consisting of some deleted scenes and four making-of featurettes.
This is lazy and unimaginative filmmaking. Skip it.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Deleted Scenes