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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Streets Of Blood'
(Michael Biehn, Val Kilmer, Dylan McDermott, Sharon Stone, 50 Cent, et al / DVD / R / (2008) 2009 / Starz - Anchor Bay)

Overview: Itís New Orleans, six months after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the streets, destroying everything in her path. The floodwaters have receded, but the death toll is on the rise, and the torrent of blood rages on. Now for a veteran detective (Kilmer) with a viciously brutal past, his new partner (Jackson) with a dark secret, and a department shrink (Stone) who knows the cityís 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.

DVD Verdict: Once you lower any and all Oscar-worthy acting expectations, you will find yourself rather enjoying this flick. Like you would expect from the cover and the storyline, 'Streets Of Blood' is a very fast-paced, action-packed, and one rather open tale in its depiction of the dark underbelly of New Orleans since Katrina hit.

Lots of shots of gratutious sleazy sex, violent violence, and the like, big names aside it's not all that different from the cheap, direct-to-video action flicks that have filled up the DVD stock cheap racks for many of the past years. The thing is has different from those dust jackets and such, are Kilmer at his finest and 50 Cent acting like, well, an actor and not a rapper trying to act!

During the hot pot tension of the building film, Andy (Kilmer) and Stan (50 Cent) often butt heads with Pepe (Jose Pablo Cantillo) and Barney (Brian Presley), two really out-of-control cops who like to kill bad guys, take their cash, do their drugs, and screw their girlfriends. But the two disparate duos find themselves working together when FBI agent Brown (Michael Biehn) launches an investigation that threatens to bring them all down just as they're starting to close in on the biggest drug gang in the city, the Latin Kings, run by a stone cold killer named Chamorro (Luis Rolon).

And while all this is going on, a police psychologist named Nina (Sharon Stone) is conducting interviews with the main cops in order to find out why they have such a penchant for extreme violence - all whilst sleepwalking thru the role, albeit with a southern drawl! So, lots of fun, lots of action, lots of thrill spills, but that middle section really slows one down. But, if you can get through it you'll get yourself a great ending to watch. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but does not come with any Special Features.