Cop Shop (2021) Review

Director: Joe Carnahan

Writers: Kurt McLeod, Joe Carnahan, Mark Williams

Stars: Frank Grillo, Gerard Butler, Toby Huss

RATING: 2.5

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Screaming 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. But jail can’t protect Murretto for long. 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. – From IMDB

Absolute, chaotic mayhem. Those are probably the best words I can use to describe this film. From the trailer you know that things are going to get crazy, but the last half an hour of this film really does go all out with the shootouts and explosions. And if that’s what gets you going, shot out and explosions, then this film will fill you with childlike joy. Otherwise, this film really has very little going for it.

The first act and maybe even leading into the second act are incredibly slow. Just a lot of talking, and making threats, and more talking. Making sure to set up plenty of information that will be important during the important third act, but it all being a bit boring and tedious to sit through until then. We couldn’t really make up our minds why everyone was out to kill Teddy. There was something about him syphoning money off of his clients, which would have been a fine motive on its own, but they had to throw the death of a DA in there, and if I’m quite honest, I have no idea where that fit in to the story. So without really understanding the motive or the plot at all really, the whole film just seemed nonsensical to me.

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While everyone put their best foot forward here, really bringing the crazy, the dialogue wasn’t exactly the best. Rookie cop Val in particular had some real eye rolling lines. But really it was Toby Huss’ Tony Lamb that stole every scene that he was in. While he was a total psychopath, and easily the most evil of the bunch, Huss’ performance was pretty amazing and the character brought much needed laughs to the film. He is easily the best character in there.

The fact that they have left the ending of this film open for a sequel was a little maddening, but I doubt it will bet the box-office numbers to really warrant another film being made.

If you are a fan of outright violent mayhem, ‘Copshop’ is out in UK cinemas now!

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