COP SHOP – “Old school pulp with contemporary action”

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RATING

DIRECTOR

Joe Carnahan (The A-Team – 2010)

MAIN CAST

  • Gerard Butler as Bob Viddick
  • Frank Grillo as Teddy Murretto
  • Alexis Louder as Valerie Young
  • Toby Huss as Anthony Lamb
  • Ryan O'Nan as Huber
  • Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau as Barnes

SYNOPSIS

Wily con artist Teddy Murretto hatches a plan to hide out from lethal assassin Bob Viddick. He punches rookie officer Valerie Young to get himself arrested and locked up in a small-town police station. However, jail can't protect Murretto for long as Viddick schemes his own way into detention, biding his time in a nearby cell until he can complete his mission.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Old school pulp with contemporary action, Joe Carnahan’s Cop Shop makes for a ballistics-ridden good time! So don’t be fooled by the slow burn front end, because once the action starts, it – does – not - stop. Also giving us a big bang for our buck is the twisty (but not confoundingly so) plot. Clearly inspired by clever 70’s style cop actioners, there’s plenty of character intrigue to sink our teeth into. It also quickly becomes a game of “who will survive.” Those imperilled characters are extremely fun to watch mind you, thanks to a well assembled cast of game actors. With all the vim and vigour he can muster, Gerard Butler makes the most of his screen time (which is 99% behind steels bars), while Frank Grillo continues to prove his main cast worthiness (have I mentioned how underrated he is lately?). And while Alexis Louder is effortlessly believable as the rookie cop with all the right instincts, it is Toby Huss who steals things with an outrageous scenery chewing exhibition (and I mean that in the best way possible). Note that the humour is dark here, and therefore not going to be for everyone. And before you ask if the film adds anything new to the genre, the answer is no. But with a throwback charm and hard knock approach, Cop Shop certainly becomes an arresting addition to it!

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