Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Movie review: Cop Car

When Travis and Harrison come across an abandoned cop car they are at first scared, but that quickly changes when they find the keys inside. Now enjoying themselves on a joyride, it isn't long before they realize they have gotten themselves in the middle of a mess in which the cops aren't always the good guys.

Kevin Bacon (Sheriff Kretzer), James Freedson-Jackson (Travis), Hays Wellford (Harrison), Camryn Manheim (Bev), Shea Whigham (Man), Sean Hartley (Motorcycle Cop), Kyra Sedgwick (Dispatcher).

Cop Car is the simple story of a couple of kids joyriding in a cop car that becomes quite a bit more. Once Kretzer starts looking for his missing car the boys quickly realize they are in the middle of some seriously dangers activity. Thankfully the film focuses as much on the boys and their adventures as it does Kretzer, which keeps the story interesting and supports a fast pace. The film finally finishes with an ending that adds even more depth while completing things nicely.

Acting was good with Freedson-Jackson and Wellford both delivering very well and working nicely together. Bacon was enjoyable in a familiar role that, through no fault of his own, was difficult to swallow at times. Manheim was a surprising, but enjoyable, addition to the film and did well, as did the remainder of the cast.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were mild but good. This one apparently takes place in the middle of nowhere and it really comes through in the scenery and backgrounds. Action scenes were well done, enjoyable, and fit the film. Dialogue was decent with nice depth and a realistic feel. Sound and soundtrack were fitting.

Overall Cop Car is an enjoyable Crime Thriller that blends the familiar scenario of joyriding with criminal elements providing and entertaining film that moves at a nice pace. Crime Thriller or Crime Drama fans should enjoy this one.

With foul language, violence, gore, and adult situations, this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 4.18.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Crime Thriller, Crime Drama

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