Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Movie Matter: 4/10 stars
“Cop Car” is a dark-thriller that follows the story of two 10-year-old boys (Travis and Harrison), as they wander through the woods, and stumble upon an abandoned police cruiser.
After scoping out the scene, the boys decide to steal the cop car, and take it on a little joyride. Little do they know, the car belongs to the town’s corrupt Police Sheriff, Sheriff Kretzer (Kevin Bacon).
The film focuses on Sheriff Ketzer’s panicked, and persistent pursuit of the boys (and his cruiser), hoping to find them before anyone at the police station figures out the vehicle was stolen, and before the boys find out what is in the trunk of the car.
Kevin Bacon was solid in his performance as Sheriff Kretzer, and I think without him, this movie is a dud. I’m not a huge fan of the “Baconator” either, so that means a lot coming from me.
While I thought “Cop Car” had a decent plot, and a strong lead, I couldn’t get past how dark and sad it was. There are definitely some underlying meanings in this film, which I won’t get into because I think this type of movie is designed to be open to interpretation.
If you enjoy dark thrillers, I think this movie is worth checking out. Otherwise, I’d look for other options. Overall, I’m giving “Cop Car” 4/10