Cop Car (2015) (contains minor spoilers)

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“A small town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride.”

First film review!

I was so excited to find this film in a local shopping centre DVD rental kiosk. It was $3.50 for one night rental, but since I refuse to illegally download, and there are no affordable video stores near me, it would have to do.

I don’t remember how I came across the trailer on Youtube (here), but once I saw it, I just knew I would love it.

There are so many good things about this film, and the first thing I want to talk about is the acting. For the most part, we are led by two boys (Travis and Harrison). These young actors – James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford respectively – carried the movie brilliantly. They were both innocent and yet rebellious, and you couldn’t help but feel for them.

Kevin (Bacon) was his usual genius. It always amazes me when actors and actresses can so believably play both good and bad characters. Kevin is one of those that makes you completely forget about his previous roles, and just focus on this character.

Sometimes it felt a little slow, but then the action really ramped up. I think this really worked well for it, because it helped put you off-centre, so you didn’t know what was coming next.

The dialogue was funny and one of the only films or TV shows that realistically portrayed children. They weren’t too stupid (of course they were naive as they were only ten years old), and you saw how they grew more daring by the minute.

Please do note, this film is not suitable for all audiences. Some sites claim it is rated R, but the copy I got was only M. There wasn’t much gore, or gratuitous violence. There was some swearing though.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this movie. It was an odd and perfect mixture of quirky and serious, with action and plot turns you don’t see coming.

4 out of 5