THEIR CITY. THEIR RULES. NO PRISONERS.
Alcoholic LA detective Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) is part of a group of cops that tend to bend the rules; as Tom witnesses the murder of a colleague, an Internal Affairs captain (Hugh Laurie) starts watching him. Director David Ayer has experience from the rough streets of South Central, so he has the ability to give the film an aura of credibility. However, the deeper Reeves gets involved in the intrigues between the cops and the gangbangers the harder it is to believe the story. Explosive moments here and there, but the characters are too thin. The Shield it ain’t.
2008-U.S. 108 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by David Ayer. Screenplay: James Ellroy, Kurt Wimmer, Jamie Moss. Cast: Keanu Reeves (Tom Ludlow), Forest Whitaker (Jack Wander), Hugh Laurie (James Biggs), Chris Evans, Martha Higareda, Cedric the Entertainer… Jay Mohr.
Trivia: Hip hop artists Common and The Game have small roles. Spike Lee, Oliver Stone and David Fincher were allegedly considered for directing duties as the project ran hot and cold over the years.