Cop Car (2015)

Cop Car (2015)
  • Time: 86 min
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Director: Jon Watts
  • Cast: Kevin Bacon, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford


A pair of ten-year-olds find an abandoned cop car in a field. When they take it for a joyride, it seems like they could kill themselves at any moment. But things only get worse when the small town sheriff goes looking for his missing car. The kids find themselves in the center of a deadly game of cat and mouse they don’t understand and the only way out is to go as fast as their cop car can take them.


  • One of the films to breakout at Sundance this year was Cop Car, a film that got even more attention when it’s director Jon Watts was chosen as the guy to helm the next Spider-Man reboot continuing the trend of indie directors, who have one or two films to their credit directing big-time summer blockbusters and well people have been skeptical if he even has what it takes to make a good Spider-Man movie. Well the skeptics can rest assured because if anything Cop Car should at least prove that Jon Watts definitely has what it takes.

    The film basically follows the story of these two ten-year-old boys who while wandering around in a field stumble across an abandoned cop car. Being the dumb ten-year-olds that they are they decide to take the car for a joyride, but little do they know that the corrupt sheriff (Kevin Bacon), who the car belongs to has something very valuable in it and things only get worse for the boys when the sheriff comes looking for it and the boys quickly find out that they are in way over their heads.

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  • In this movie the director did a great job in creating a vast and seemingly empty world in which a scenario presents itself to these two little players (the child stars). The prettier shots are wide and perfectly panned out but remain focused on the characters. Most of the early scenes are met with ambiguity and foreboding which is great because that IS basically a day in the life of 10 year old children, there is always the wonder of if their going to push it too far and hurt themselves or someone else. It’s also great because I love movies with atmospheric tension, a kind of quietness that makes the setting ominous and this film did that well.

    The problem is, it seemed to me like all the moving parts did not work cohesively with the atmosphere. Often times this movie comes off as humorous through dialogue or character action. It worked a couple times and ruined the tone in scenes that it didn’t. The story is also completely overly basic. I am a big fan of ‘less is more’ in some instances but I mean, c’mon, the trailer is the movie, little more, nothing less.

    At any rate, it’s always a pleasure to see Kevin Bacon in anything semi-decent, as Mystic River is one of my favorite movies and performances from him, and he did what Kevin Bacon does in a movie like this, which is give you Kevin Bacon as a frantic, dirty cop, so there’s that.


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