Street Kings is like a sideshow shooting gallery that wants to award you a Ph.D. in sociology instead of a stuffed toy or 10 free shots. It would be easier to take as gory, lowdown fun if it weren't giving you the third degree in more ways than one.
But it may be the first effective audience-participation film of 2008. See it with people who take it for the trash it is, and you can cheer the baroque killings and laugh fondly with Forest Whitaker as he tries too hard to create a domestic sociopath to match his role as Idi Amin.
Street Kings (Fox Searchlight) Starring Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans. Directed by David Ayer. Rated R for violence, language and sexual content. Time 108 minutes.