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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS:  93 minutes, four featurettes, two deleted scenes
VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:  English, French, Spanish

STUDIO:  20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE:  4-19-2011

A rookie homicide detective (in Detroit), Dan Sullivan (Shawn Hatosy), is paired with veteran Narcotics Detective Marty Kingston (Ray Liotta) after one of Marty's fellow Narcotics detectives is murdered.   Dan and Marty search for who is killing off Narcotics detectives.  Dan wants to find out the truth where as Marty wants to steer the investigation in a certain direction.  

STREET KINGS 2: MOTOR CITY is your average predictable in-name-only direct-to-video sequel.   Filming it in Detroit gives the sequel high production values and yet I wish they spent more time on building a better story.    Ray Liotta gives his average tough cop performance while Shawn Hatosy is the only other impressive actor in the film.   I wish the prologue wasn't in the film and they started at a different point because I feel the prologue takes away from the story and it gives away what is happening too soon.   Then you have the tragic third act which I saw miles away. 

 I wanted the  story to be told through Dan's eyes while leaving Marty more of an enigma to discover bit by bit.   STREET KINGS 2 blows it by revealing things too soon and not developing the other characters enough.   You have a sequel that could have been better and instead I have to say stick with re-watching the superior first film.   STREET KINGS 2: MOTOR CITY makes the first film seem like a gritty classic in comparison.   Who says you can't appreciate missing the tough performance that grand thespian Keanu Reeves gave in STREET KINGS where you don't have enough layers to Marty or Dan in the sequel?!   So again I say stick with the first film because you aren't missing on anything by not watching this predictable by-the-numbers sequel.

Murder Scene Deconstructions-  a look at three of the murders in the film
Creating a Convincing Cop Story-  focusing on the details of making the film an interesting and realistic cop film
An Explosive Opening-  Behind-the-scenes of filming the opening scene which was added late.
Motor City Setting-  filming in Detroit and the production design (clothes, cars, architecture)
The two deleted scenes were wisely cut and amount to over two minutes total.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  STREET KINGS 2 is predictable and I wish the opening scene wasn't included even though the filmmakers thought it needed to be there.   Go watch the first STREET KINGS again because you just have an average direct-to-DVD sequel.

this DVD review is (c)5-21-2011 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com