Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cop Land (1997)

(Dang! This film would have been perfect for my Salute to Bad Cops a couple of months ago)

Synopsis: If you’ve ever wanted to see Sylvester Stallone as a drunk, overweight, depressed and poorly-attired Barney Fife, this is definitely your movie.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “This tense action-thriller explodes with nonstop excitement and riveting star performances! Sylvester Stallone stars as Freddy Heflin – the sheriff of a place everyone calls ‘Cop Land’ – a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big-city police officers he’s long admired. Yet something ugly is taking place behind the town’s peaceful facade.”

What Did I Learn?: Cops enjoy calling other people “cupcake”.

Really?: 1) So wait...the bad cops fake a fellow officer’s death, and then show him off at a party even though the plan is to bump him off after the guests go home? WTF? 2) Heflin walks past boxes and boxes of police files on the investigation of his town, and he just happens to eye key folders on the top people?

Rating: Cop Land is an engrossing, yet slow-moving thriller that never really gets going. Lots of potential, and several good performances (especially Liotta’s), but the script should have undergone a serious re-write before filming. 7/10 stars.

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