Monday, April 25, 2022

Copshop (2021)

Streaming Service: Peacock
Movie Name/Year: Cop Shop (2021)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Length: 108 minutes
Rating: R
Production/Distribution: Sculptor Media, Zero Gravity Management, G-BASE, WarParty Films, Raven Capital Management, Open Road Films, Briarcliff Entertainment, Elevation Pictures, Entract Films, Roadshow Films, STX International, The Searchers, BGFilm, Eagle Films, Netflix (Australia, Philippines, Singapore), Peacock, Remain In Light, Cinemundo, SF Film Finland, Odeon
Director: Joe Carnahan
Writers: Kurt McLeod, Joe Carnahan, Mark Williams
Actors: Gerard Butler, Frank Grillo, Alexis Louder, Armida Lopez, David Vaughn, J.R. Adduci, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, Keith Jardine, Ryan O'Nan, Tait Fletcher, Toby Huss
IMDb Blurb: On the run from a lethal assassin, a wily con artist devises a scheme to hide out inside a small-town police station-but when the hitman turns up at the precinct, an unsuspecting rookie cop finds herself caught in the crosshairs.

Cat’s Point of View:
I had high hopes for Copshop when it crossed my radar prior to its release in September of 2021. I had this one pegged as my #7 on my Top 20 for that month. I expected “absolute mayhem” in the wake of watching the trailer.
I wasn’t wrong, and the sneak peek did not lead me astray.
While I’m not sure that I got more ‘flying tank’ moments like I was hoping for from Joe Carnahan’s (Stretch, A-Team, Boss Level) take on this story, I still enjoyed the crazy ride.
Honestly, I wasn’t disappointed with anything Copshop entailed – except, perhaps a smidge of the ending. That’s neither here nor there, however, because it really didn’t hurt the overall experience. I just found it hard after all that had transpired to suspend that little extra bit of disbelief. I digress…

While Gerard Butler (Den of Thieves, Hunter Killer, Greenland) and Frank Grillo (Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Ida Red, Shattered) didn’t let me down at all with their performances, the real star here was Alexis Louder (Harriet, Watchmen, The Tomorrow War). Louder kicked some serious ass and took all the names. I am already a little excited about the projects I see in her imminent future according to IMDb because she rocked this badass female cop role. Though, admittedly, there was nothing lacking from prior performances I’ve seen from her. She just really got to shine in this project.
Copshop had decent production value for a shoot-em-up action flick. It took good advantage of its remote shooting location and the story was generally smart. More character development and nuance worked its way in than I would have expected.

I was on the proverbial edge of my seat for the majority of Copshop’s runtime and there were several bloody brutal moments that had me wincing. This is definitely not for kids and far from a smooth and easy ride-along.
While Copshop didn’t flip the script on this sort of story or offer anything exceptionally outstanding for the Action, Crime, or Thriller genres, it was a thoroughly entertaining experience I wouldn’t have any problems recommending to fans of similar fare. 

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 81%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 74%
Metascore – 61%
Metacritic User Score – 6.4/10
IMDB Score – 6.2/10
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 3.5/5
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