'Cop Out' is a buddy-cop action-comedy feature that released in 2010 to overwhelming negative reviews by Critics. However, it was a moderate box-office success. On its Home Video release it was more successful becoming the number 1 selling DVD in the US.
The movie centres around two New York Police Officer partners (Bruce Willis & Tracy Morgan) who must trace a valuable rare baseball card, that has been stolen. The main obstacle they must overcome is the dreaded gangster, Poh Boy (Guillermo Diaz).
The movie is clichéd, has a silly plot and the jokes are not new. Right, thats the flaws and a general complaint of a lot of the viewers out the way.
I watched the film with no expectaions and treated it as a stand-alone feature without making any comparisons with classic buddy-cop movies. Also, I'm a big Bruce Willis fan but didn't expect a blockbuster Willis vehicle. All these things helped as I was taken back by how fun it was.
The film has a good pace from the start and is filled with comical situations, which at times are vulgar but generally funny. The gags are not new, however the way they've been presented makes you laugh. The screenplay is tight, making this run-of-the-mill feature into something thats better. The action sequences are exciting and the climax, although predictable is alright. Keep watching once the credits start rolling as there is a really funny scene in store.
The film had the feel of the 80's era, which I loved and on watching it time passed quickly. In the end I was happy with what I'd seen.
Bruce Willis is a treat to watch, lets just say, he acts his age in it. Saying that, he's always going to be an action hero, which he subconsciously displays in the film. Tracy Morgan (sometimes over the top) is comical, especially his facial expressions. The chemistry between Willis and Morgan works. For me the show-stealer was Seann William Scott with a hilarious performance. He had me in stitches. The funniest scenes are the ones which Willis, Morgan and Scott all partake together in. All the performances are chilled out. The actors don't try that hard but clearly enjoy themselves.
The director of the movie, Kevin Smith has received a lot of flak from the Critics, which he hasn't taken well. I don't know what the fuss is, he set out to make a fun-filled light-entertainer, and thats exactly what he's done. He's made something out of nothing and I liked it.
Another factor that gets you going when watching the movie is the background music. It was very 80's and tuneful, I was humming away. It bought back memories of the cracking music from the cop comedy classics, 'Beverly Hills Cop I & II' starring Eddie Murphy and 'Kuffs' starring Christian Slater. The music for these movies was composed by Harold Faltermeyer and I wasn't surprised to discover that he was responsible for the tunes in 'Cop Out'. Overall, nice 80's music.
The screen resolution for the Blu-ray disc is 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan) and the sound format is HD MA 5.1 Dolby Digital. The picture quality is impressive and detailed, making the presentation stylish. The sound quality of the dialogues, action and Faltermeyers lively music are all mixed smoothly.
The movie is mindless fun that is chilling at the same time.
'Cop Out' is clichéd yet surprisingly enjoyable.