Action / Crime / Thriller
Action / Crime / Thriller
A pair of ten-year-olds find an abandoned cop car in a field. When they take it for a joyride, it seems like they could kill themselves at any moment. But things only get worse when the small town sheriff goes looking for his missing car. The kids find themselves in the center of a deadly game of cat and mouse they don't understand and the only way out is to go as fast as their cop car can take them.
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Solid film, the type I wish they'd make more of.
Great characters. Their back stories are hinted at and your imagination
fills in the gaps.
Great writing. The dialogue has weight and sounds natural.
Great scenery. It's on the outskirts of an old dusty town, way out in
the back-roads of somewhere and it looks beautiful.
Great storyline and a great score all at a nice pace and under a one
and half hour running time. It has no need for flashy, gimmicky
explosions or a convoluted and overly-complicated plot.
This is the best film I saw this summer.
It's a simple original story that keeps you wondering what will happen
next. I don't know how a film like this can get made any more.
Kevin Bacon was pretty great too.
May seem sparse, but chock full of suspense.
Edge of seat drama! The adults are suitably weird/ deranged, but the
two young stars completely steal the show. It may have felt
particularly compelling to me since they reminded me of some of the
kids that I work with, but at any rate their performances felt totally
honest. It's hard to know what to compare it to, but in terms of recent
films, it feels cut from the same cloth as movies like Winter's Bone,
Joe (the 2013 David Gordon Green film), or Mud (the latter two both
also feature an excellent young actor, Tye Sheridan). Looking further
back in time, maybe think of films like Stand By Me. Regardless, I
would recommend this film even if you think you can't stand child
actors...or Kevin Bacon...or cop films...or car chases. An exciting
feature, hard to believe they packed so much in under 90 minutes. Not
for the faint of heart, but if you like suspense, you'll enjoy the
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Should be getting more attention
First off, the whole movie is shot beautifully. The wide open locations
provided a peaceful feeling amidst a gripping thriller of a movie.
There is a particular long, continuous shot at the start of the movie
that lets you know you're in for a visual treat on top of an original,
compelling story. A lot of frames reminded me of No Country For Old Men
and that's a major compliment. The way the kids act in this movie is
more accurate than most movies depicting 10-year-olds. This feels like
the type of movie you and a couple of friends could go out and make on
a couple hundred dollar budget, only it's executed to perfection. The
performances are all top notch including two of the best child actors
I've seen in a while. Plus Kevin Bacon is as likable as ever. Cop Car
manages to tell an extremely engrossing story with a cast of only 4
people. I can now sleep in peace knowing the Spider-Man reboot is in
capable hands. This film needs way more recognition than what it's
getting. Definitely check this one out!