Most movies I’ve seen over the years shoot right down main street for me. Not great, not terrible, but okay. That is, of course, the worst place to be with entertainment though. Love a movie or hate it, you’ll more than likely remember it. But when they are average, they are forgettable. Copshop is right in the middle for me.
Copshop is a mostly fun movie with good action, but it drags in the middle. On top of that, the plot seems like it wants to be bigger than it is. It almost feels as if the movie started losing its way at some point, and they felt they had to tie up the loose ends.
Characters are introduced, and then you don’t see them again until much later so you have forgotten all about them. Sometimes that can work for a movie but unfortunately, it doesn’t here. When they do show up it’s jarring and adds to the feeling the plot is unraveling.
We follow Teddy Murretto, a con-man “fixer” that’s on the run. He is played by Frank Grillo. During a brawl outside of a Nevada casino, he sucker punches a rookie cop, Valerie Young (Alexis Louder). This rookie cop takes no shit and she hauls him in for a night in the drunk tank.
Let me take a moment to really talk about Louder. The only other thing I’ve seen her in was The Tomorrow War and I don’t really remember too much about that movie (see first paragraph).
In this, she really holds her own well. You want to talk about modern-day women in action movies? She’s a badass. She was kind of snarky at times and it got grating, but overall, I liked the cut of her gib. If there’s one thing you won’t forget about this movie it is her performance.
Now why would Murretto punch a cop? Well, to get arrested of course. I guess his thinking was that if he’s in jail his pursuers can’t kill him.
Bob Viddick enters the chat.
He’s played by Gerard Butler. Viddick is a hitman and he is after Murretto. He also gets himself arrested so he can be right across from Murretto in the tank.
There are a few other cops around including Chad Coleman as the Sarge, best known for The Walking Dead. Of course, all the cops are more in line with the donut eater stereotype. It seems like it is supposed to be a small town copshop, but it’s actually a decent sized building. This makes it feel out of place in the middle of nowhere.
The rookie cop, Young, can smell bullshit a mile away and knows there’s something up between the two men. Viddick tries and fails to kill his target across from him during a failed escape attempt. Without getting too lost in the details, this little plan couldn’t have happened unless Viddick had read the screenplay.
The movie then slows right down in the middle and starts to explain everything leading up to the two men ending up in jail. It kind of reminds me of a reverse Assault on Precinct 13 in some ways.
We learn Viddick isn’t the only one after Murretto. It is as we learn of other people involved that the plot starts to go off the rails. This is when characters appear just to be pushed to the side.
I don’t really know how to explain it, but it felt like there was a lot either ripped from the screenplay or left on the cutting room floor. The movie hits 1 hour and 47 minutes despite this and somehow the ending still feels a little too drawn out.
Butler and Grillo do their usual here, but again Louder really stole the movie for me. It is her that we follow, even though the other two have their names on the poster.
Copshop was a sleeper for me. I didn’t hear much about it and when after reading the plot, I didn’t expect much. It isn’t a great action movie, but it’s good enough to pass some time with some popcorn.