Streets of Blood


by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Streets of Blood is set in lawless post-Katrina New Orleans. It stars former A- or B+ listers Sharon Stone and Val Kilmer, plus screen newcomer 50-Cent.

Feds are investigating crooked cops. Cops are investigating crooked feds. The streets are out of control. Blah, blah. Everyone is on the take except one cop. Usual stuff, but set in a flooded city, with some real footage of the flood aftermath.

Val Kilmer has been in the straight-to-vid business for some time now, and I can see why he might have liked this project, because his role is colorful and the character is on screen for almost the entire film. He probably has a big enough ego to crave that kind of part, and such opportunities are no longer being offered to him in big-time movies.

On the other hand, while Sharon Stone has been involved in projects which bypassed the theaters, I can't imagine why she was involved in this particular one. The only possible explanation I can think of is that Stone may have been able to shoot all of her scenes in a single day, which would have made it easy money.

  • Surely there was not a big paycheck.
  • Shooting in New Orleans can't be that much of a dream assignment these days.
  • Unlike Kilmer's juicy part, Stone's role seemed like a tack-on, and all of her scenes could be cut without affecting the film at all. She played a police psychiatrist and, in effect, her scenes seemed to exist purely to provide exposition and scene transitions. We see her either sitting at her desk or at a restaurant while she asks the police officers some questions about what we have just watched. Her interviews with the cops almost seem to have been inserted after the fact to make the plot more comprehensible, as a substitute for the timeworn trick of adding voice-over narration.
  • Stone is too smart to have have read this script and thought "I just have to be part of this film." There are only two things I liked about this film other than the sight of the closing credits. First, Kilmer does an excellent job, as usual. Second, the beginning of the film is gripping. The opening credit sequence consists of some very impressive and evocative footage of New Orleans taken immediately after Katrina, This was followed by a boldly visual and dramatic set piece which takes place in that city's desperate clean-up phase, with part of the action taking place within a storage facility for carnival equipment, and the rest of it in the flooded streets, where a tense "Mexican stand-off" develops between police and a paranoid private security guard who is trying to prevent looting. Unfortunately, the worthwhile elements of the movie are finished about six minutes in, at which point the story jumps forward six months and turns into a routine police procedural.



* widescreen anamorphic








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  • There is quite a bit of nudity, but all from minor background characters.



Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


I called it a C- because I found Kilmer fun to watch. If you're not a fan, consider it a D, because he's the whole show.