Rated: R for language, violence, and brief drug use. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: August 14, 2015 Released by: Focus World
Jon Watts (helmer of the upcoming Spider-Man reboot for Marvel) has a juicy role for Connecticut resident and part-time musician Kevin Bacon in a thriller that is an amalgamation of two better films directed by Rob Reiner and Joel Coen.
Bacon is a producer of Cop Car which takes place in a backwoods rural community who has to deal with an injured drug-related guy (solid support from Shea Whigham) in the trunk of his titular car. His mustached sheriff is a corrupt stoic then paranoid fellow who'll come upon a couple of mischievous runaway 10-year-olds (a fine James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford) not out of place from a Mark Twain yarn with their ration of beef jerky who've taken a cruiser in a gully for a joyride.
Even some discerning cineastes won't approve of the denouement but a sense of menace and coming-of-age unity between the kids manages plenty of atmosphere and B-movie intensity. Even if the direction of promising if relative newcomer Watts doesn't have a real convincing way with the editing and the unfolding of a promising narrative.