Thursday, September 9, 2021

Copshop Review: A Stylish, Fun, And Tense Standoff

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Release date: September 17, 2021
Running time: 107 minutes
Directed By: Joe Carnahan
Written By: Kurt McLeod, Joe Carnahan
Starring: Gerard Butler, Frank Grillo, Alexis Louder, Toby Huss, Chad L. Coleman, Ryan O’Nan, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Robert Walker-Branchaud, Kaiwi Lyman, Christopher Michael Holley, Marshall Cook and Tracey Bonner.

Tearing through the Nevada desert in a bullet-ridden Crown Vic, wily con artist Teddy Murretto (Frank Grillo) hatches a desperate plan to hide out from lethal hitman Bob Viddick (Gerard Butler): He sucker-punches rookie officer Valerie Young (Alexis Louder) to get himself arrested and locked up in a small-town police station. Jail can’t protect Murretto for long, and Viddick schemes his own way into detention, biding his time in a nearby cell until he can complete his mission. When the arrival of a competing assassin (Toby Huss) ignites all-out mayhem, mounting threats force Viddick to get creative if he wants to finish the job and escape the explosive situation.

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Copshop is a stylish film that lets you know that this is something special right from the start.  It has this wonderful, upbeat jazz and rock music to start this crazy adventure, only to then let you see the resulting insanity.  The film has an old school feel to a lot of it, with a grainy film and washed out colors look during the introduction.  And the poster even has a classic pulpy feel to it that lets you know this is a throw back type film.  But once it gets going, the ridiculous characters are really allowed to shine.  The main draws were Gerard Butler and Frank Grillo, who both play very different tough men but are a lot of fun to watch.  I really liked Murretto (Grillo) and his con man persona, and Gerard Butler as a hitman that will do anything to complete a job was an entertaining addition.  And when the insane Toby Huss came into the picture, all hell broke loose.  But on top of the bad boys, the cops themselves provide a lot of entertainment.  You can tell that this cast really liked each other because of how entertaining their interactions are.  There are so many cop stereotypes at the police station, and all of them blend together really well.  The stand out is Alexis Louder as Val, with her no nonsense persona and quiet confidence she provides a moral compass and a badass lead for this film.

The story of Copshop is part pulp, part tense standoff, and part pure comedy.  They all blend together well to keep the film exciting and entertaining.  At the start the comedy is more on the dry, more serious action comedy side of things, but when Toby Huss gets involved it becomes genuinely funny.  And each of the characters sprinkle in jokes here and there to keep the audience smiling as they're holding their breath.  The story of Copshop keeps it mysterious, trying not to reveal too much of the mysterious prisoner's backstories or the overall situation until much later in the film.  This leads to an entertaining air of mystery surrounding much of the movie, and the secrets aren't simply limited to the criminals.  The story has plenty of mysteries, twists, turns, and double crosses to keep you on edge.  If there is a negative it is that the story gets a little ridiculous towards the end but I can't really fault the film for trying to keep the audience guessing what will happen.

Copshop is a wild ride, with a wonderfully insane cast of characters and a mysterious story that is mixed with stylish touches and equal parts tension, action, and humor.

Watch it.

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