Sommerleigh Pollonais, Senior Writer
Plot: 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.
Review: When it comes to straight up action movies, and by that I mean no tights or capes to be seen anywhere, this year has seen slim pickings. Thankfully Joe Carnahan and actor-producer (and a personal favourite of mine) Frank Grillo, who brought us this year’s fun and frenzied Boss Level are back with Copshop, a movie that proves old-school action is still very much alive in this era.
The story itself is simple enough and brings hints of Attack of Precinct 13 with it. A man named Teddy (Grillo) punches an officer in the face so he can be arrested. His wish comes true when he’s taken to a small precinct otherwise known as a copshop by Officer Valerie Young (Alexis Louder from The Tomorrow War, Watchmen series).
Shortly after this another man runs his car into two officers and, assuming he’s drunk, they take him into the station as well and put him in the cell opposite Teddy. Turns out he’s no drunk but instead an assassin for hire named Viddick (Gerard Butler) who got himself arrested to get close to, you guessed it, Teddy! Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a movie!
I love an action movie with a good setup and the first half of this film, while it might seem slow, actually takes the time we need to connect with not just the main players but some of the side characters as well. This also allows the tension to build in a way you don’t always get to see in this type of flick. When the manure hits the barn (that’s the saying right?) right around the thirty minute mark is when the fun truly starts, and I’m happy to say it only gets better from there.
Grillo is an old hand at action movies at this point and so is Butler but funny enough, I’ve never pictured seeing these two on screen together. Their back and forth through the jail cell doors was genuinely funny, as a matter of fact, the movie on the whole has some great dialogue that is both witty and memorable.
Now you’re probably expecting either one of these two to be the standouts here but it’s actually new comer Alexis Louder who made the biggest impression. I could easily see her in a Bond movie or maybe showing how much of a badass she is as a Marvel/DC hero. Another welcomed surprise was Toby Huss last seen as the disposable dad character of Halloween and Halloween Kills. I’ve never seen him play this type of role, a gleefully sadistic killer and you could tell he was having one helluva good time here.
Now I’m not saying Copshop is the best of the best when it comes to action movies but I am saying it’s much better than I expected it to be. The twists are actually unpredictable (a rarity these days), the action is both brutal and energetic and the characters are memorable and fun to watch. With the exception of Grillo’s weird hairstyle there’s not much I would change about Copshop.
Sommer’s Score: 6.5 out of 10
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