Cop Car (2015)

2016 #102
Jon Watts | 84 mins | streaming (HD) | 2.39:1 | USA / English | 15 / R

Cop CarThe director of minor horror Clown and (more significantly to the history of cinema, maybe) next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, Jon Watts drew the attention that landed him the latter job with this festival-hit thriller.

Two runaway boys (James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford) come across an abandoned police cruiser and take it for a joyride. Unfortunately for them, it belongs to corrupt officer Kevin Bacon, who’s left something in the boot he desperately wants back…

Freedson-Jackson and Wellford are strikingly naturalistic, while Bacon hits a difficult mix of menacing and pathetically incompetent. A darkly comic tone helps create an arresting little thriller.

4 out of 5

The UK TV premiere of Clown is on the Horror Channel tonight at 10:45pm.

2 thoughts on “Cop Car (2015)

  1. Hmm, Kev Bacon in a film I’ve never heard of? In this Information Age, its amazing how things just pass by. I guess the marketing boys had the day off or no budget or something. Its funny though, I always thought the point of ten-screen multiplexes was little films like this, instead of, like, five screens showing the same blockbuster in some kind of cinematic saturation bombing.

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    • It was a pretty small release, I think. I heard of it before Watts got signed up for Spidey, but it was all buzz rather than proper marketing.

      I guess multiplexes started out with good intentions (maybe), before realising more showings of the biggest movies netted more money. You’d think they’d be able to at least devote a screen or two per venue to smaller films and subsidise any loss, but I suppose they don’t have much incentive to take that gamble, especially when there are still (some) smaller chains that will play (some) smaller movies.


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