It's New Orleans, six months after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the streets, destroying everything in her path. The floodwaters have quelled, but the death toll is on the rise, and the torrent of blood rages on. Now fo... more »r a veteran detective with a viciously brutal past, his new partner with a dark secret, and a department shrink who knows the city's vices all too well, crime and corruption are about to go to all new levels of depravity, the likes of which The Big Easy has never known. In a town struggling to put the pieces back together, can anyone stop the barrage of dirty cops and the obscenely brutal drug wars that threatens it all?« less
"Knowing this film centers itself on a police department trying to regain control of the drug trade in the midst of the Katrina aftermath, it was fitting that it can be called a disaster. From the funny accents that disappear, to the horrible camera work, to the 3D style effects of flashbacks, to the stop-style editing (the film freezes prior to each fade to black cut), to that horrendous ending - all made for another frustrating outing for Kilmer.
Kilmer plays a boy scout drug cop fighting the bad guys on the streets and in the FBI. His partner is 50 Cent (sadly enough his best role to date) who cannot seem to decide if he is good or bad. Michael Biehn plays the FBI agent trying to spice things up (failing miserably) and Sharon Stone (scarily unrecognizable) plays the department shrink who violates probably every rule there can be - including having four different accents in the same film. Our plot meanders from Katrina to several years after as our corrupt characters kill and steal their way through their PD work. One memorable moment is when Kilmer and 50 Cent are going to shoot 20 armed guys in an abandoned school, Val gave the exact same speech from Tombstone in the same accent - deja vu.
There are no special features, bad film quality and sound that is intermittently mixed at best. I was hoping for more as this film made the promo posters, and I really tried to give it a solid shot, but after attempting to overlook the laundry list of issues I then got to that last shot - literally - and was appalled they ended the film that way.
Gave it one more star for the Katrina aftermath footage they included in the credits, heartbreaking as always."
Fat Val Is a Cajun
Uncle Chino | New Zealand | 08/18/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Fat Val gets a payday and stoops to working with bucktoothed non acting Fitty Cent. Sharon Stone still looks good but doesn't have much to do. This movie is really crappy. The story of corruption in New Orleans and the post Katrina atmosphere would be a good backdrop for a story but this is garbage."
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 08/03/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Streets of Blood starts out promising enough, as it tells the tale of two cops (Val Kilmer and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) in a post-Hurricane Katrina landscape trying to regain control of the drug underworld they police. Coming off as more of an uncensored episode of any prime-time TV cop drama than a real crime saga, Streets of Blood features plenty of shaky camerawork, and even shakier accents. As much as I love Val Kilmer, he's just so stale here, and the fact that his accent keeps changing up doesn't help matters either. Sharon Stone is more than guilty of this as well, as 50 Cent ends up putting in the best performance of the whole show here. Still, Streets of Blood manages to be oddly compelling for most of its running time despite its many flaws, and I guess that in itself makes it at least worth a look for fans of Kilmer or gritty cop dramas."
Not up to Val's talents
Denise J. Murray | 09/10/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The film starts out with an overview and reminder of how devastating Katrina was. The characters are not well fleshed out, with the exception of Andy and even then it doesn't dig real deep into who he is. It is extremely violent and without the F bomb the dialog would be pretty sparce. It did paint a nightmarish picture of the control that the gangs had on the city, and the means that the cops had to employ to try and keep it under as much control as they could. With the kind of violence that the gangs were involved in the film could have made a strong statement against disarming the citizens when they needed self protection the most. There was so much mishandling of the events after Katrina that contributed to the violence and desperation of the citizens. Some of the violence seems gratuitous but typical Hollywood. I think Val Kilmer did the best he could with what he had but it was definately not up to his talent. Andy is kind of a tragic character trying to live up to the image of his dad and avenge his death with every collar, at what seems to be at the expense of a life. Sharon Stone was so-so and the rest were okey. If you are a Kilmer fan, get it. If you are into extreme violence and language you'll like it."
This Film Couldda Been A Contenda!
Anna V. Carroll | 08/12/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"OMG! What has happened to Val Kilmer & Sharon Stone!? This film is one of the worst written I have seen in decades. If the story had been written by someone really familiar with New Orleans and the street crime there, and directed by a well-known director, it could have had legs. The actors are first-rate and do their best with what they were given. There is a murder every minute and a half. It borders on pornography. The women (except Ms. Stone) are all drug addicts, prostitutes, and worse. Hispanics and Blacks don't fare much better. Fitty is a good actor who takes your eyes away from Kilmer, if that's possible, in all his scenes. I would like to see this story re-made with a better script, better director, better editing. And yes, without Val Kilmer and Sharon Stone. I really hope these two wonderfully talented actors find better scripts in the future. They are long overdue for a really good role. Their talent has been totally wasted in the last few years on films that are almost unwatchable. This one was the worst I've seen in a long, long time."