Remember when you were ten-years-old and you threw a snow ball at a car, or you put a thumbtack on someone’s seat, in order to get a rise. I bet you never stole a cop car: The outward premise of director John Watt’s independent comedy/thriller “Cop Car.”
The movie starts out with our two ten-year-old protagonists Travis (James Freedson-Jackson) and Harrison (Hays Wellford) trekking across a vast plain somewhere in Colorado — they have had it with the adult world and they have run away from home. As they practice their curse words they find an abandoned police cruiser parked in the middle of nowhere. After close examination they find the keys to car on the seat. What are a couple of curious ten-year-olds to do? Take it for a ride of course.
Meantime, small town sheriff (Kevin Bacon) is shown dragging a dead body through the brush and then dumping it in a pit. When he returns to his cop car, which has another body stashed in the trunk, he finds the vehicle missing. We know the lawman been up to no good, but we have no sense how deep the whole nefarious business has gone — all we do know is that our crooked cop had better retrieve his car, before the authorities do.
While the boys are having a good ole time racing through the fields with the car, and then eventually taking the pedal to the metal on the highway, the sheriff is shown flushing drugs down the toilet of his house. He then hotwires a truck and starts an all-out search for his vehicle. When the boys finally pullover in order to discharge a few of the weapons which they found in the back seat, they hear sounds coming from the trunk; someone is alive.
The whole scenario is not only unlikely, but extremely funny; and then increasingly tense. Keven Bacon is great as the white trash, dorky cop in deep doo-doo, and the boys are wonderful in their roles as the carefree runaways. “Cop Car” is a very good independent movie which was produced by Kevin Bacon — give it try on Redbox.
Rated R/ 88 mins/ action – violence
Reviewer’s Rating: 3 of 5 Corrupt Cops.