Street Kings is a 2008 action-crime film directed by David Ayer, starring Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Common and The Game. It was released in theaters on April 11, 2008.
The initial screenplay drafts were written by James Ellroy in the late 1990s under the title The Night Watchman.
A disillusioned and borderline psychotic LAPD Vice detective, Detective Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves), rarely plays by the rules and is haunted by the death of his wife. All of the cops in Ludlow's unit, including the unit's commander, Captain Jack Wander (Forest Whitaker), bend and break the rules of conduct on a regular basis.
The movie starts with Tom Ludlow waking up, having been drinking the night before.