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Cop Car (2015/Focus/Universal Blu-ray)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C Film: C+

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the new Kevin Bacon vehicle, Cop Car, in the past few months with mainly buzzing about its engaging cat-and-mouse style premise.

Kevin Bacon plays a small town Sheriff who has two dead bodies in the trunk of his police cruiser, some ammo, and a half drank bottle of booze. Going way out in the woods to ditch the bodies, he disposes of them one by one, leaving the other in the trunk as he steps away for a few minutes. Well, as bad luck would have it, two runaway ten-year-old boys happen across it and decide to live life to the fullest and take it for a joyride, not thinking of the consequences to their action or who they are, exactly, dealing with.

Bacon plays his villainous role fine but I feel as if the filmmakers could have explored his character a bit more and made him a little more unique. I don't think this role was that much of a stretch for him to pull off and maybe with a little more back story on him or a little more at stake it could have had me more hooked.

My biggest problem with the film, however, is its abrupt ending, which is realistic in a sense but very open ended, reminding me of the ending to recent horror film It Follows. The film is stylistically put together well and overall shows some promise with director Jon Watts at the helm, whose message behind the film might be that the true danger may be the automobile itself and not the murderer behind the wheel.

Cop Car looks great on Blu-ray disc thanks to Focus Features and is presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a crisp, lossless, English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track that is loud and consistent throughout. There's also a digital copy of the film for later viewing on a tablet or smart phone.

The only extra on the disc is a featurette: Their First and Last Ride: The Making of Cop Car.

All in all, Cop Car isn't the worst film I've ever seen but I feel could have been a better short film than a feature or had a little more back story or resolution. Even with it's short run time, the film still feels pretty long. If you're a big fan of Bacon then it's worth checking out but aside from that don't expect it stand up to a Coen Brothers film, which is the direction to which it's aiming.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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