Looking Back at 2010s Films: Cop Car (2015)

1 Oct

copcar

By Tanner Smith

Continuing my series of posts about 2010s films I really like, “You don’t…steal…a f***in’…COP CAR!!!”

Before director Jon Watts made the thrilling “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” he made a tense thriller called “Cop Car,” which starts off as a lighthearted romp before easing us into dark Cormac McCarthy territory.

It begins as two 10-year-old boys run away from home in the deep South, walking along empty fields, until they come across…a cop car. It’s a patrol unit parked out in the open, no cop in sight, and they decide to hit it with a rock…then they decide to play inside…then they realize the keys are in it…

And this leads to a fun joyride, as the boys drive along fields before taking it to the mostly-empty highway to drive faster. But meanwhile, the Sheriff (Kevin Bacon, very scary) wants his car back…

Sounds pretty stale, right? But believe it or not…the situation gets ugly. And this is where the film goes from kinda fun to holy-crap-this-is-kinda-messed-up crazy. The Sheriff is definitely a bad guy. He’s already disposed of one body, and there’s another in the trunk of the car…which the boys have stolen, not knowing about it until they hear someone banging from inside the trunk! What does this lead to? Ohhhh boy…let’s just say it’s a miracle ANYONE gets out of this situation alive, let alone two little boys, movie characters or not!

It’s like someone took those direct-to-video kiddie adventure flicks I grew up watching and turned it into “No Country for Old Men!” That’s why I love “Cop Car”!!

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