Friday, April 18, 2008

When a dude ages -- Street Kings

To be honest, I was heading to the cinema for Keanu Reeves.

After 30 sec, I realized that some dude could age in a not that elegant way, especially compared to George Clooney.

There's a pretty good story in "Street Kings", not like most recent Hollywood movies, which focus too much in the CG. A Hong Kong movie fan could easily see some plot that looks familiar -- the writers around the world are learning something from the East now.

The footage of the first half is brilliant. Those metaphors, tones, could be used in textbooks of any acting course. While in the second half, the script itself slips into the old fashion of "set-up hero single-handly save world", so the footage is getting boring too.

OK, back to the dude. Although Keanu looks quite old and tired in this movie, his acting does make some progress. I hardly see him moving his neck forward and backward when he is saying the footage in a exciting mood (he always did so before, "Speed", "Matrix", etc.). Seems he has learned how to control himself. Several scenes even reminds me Paul Newman in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". Maybe now it's the time to care more about what he is acting, instead of how his pretty face looks like.

There are so many talented actors/actresses in this movie, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, etc. And poor Chris Evans, was sacrificed to fulfill a Hollywood law -- Whoever talking about his/her spouse/partner/fiance/fiancee/boyfriend/girlfriend before a big fight, will not survive it.

So basically you cannot find those "eye ice-cream" in this movie, and you cannot find those "magic effect" in this movie, and can you believe that some idiot invest money to shoot such a Hollywood movie nowadays? Isn't it a miracle by itself?

I sincerely thank Fox Searchlight for this miracle.

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