– Summary –
Director : Jon Watts
Year Of Release : 2015
Principal Cast : Kevin Bacon, James Freedman-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Camryn Manheim, Shea Wigham, Sean Hartley, Kyra Sedgwick, Loi Nguyen, Sit Lenh.
Approx Running Time : 87 Minutes
Synopsis: A small town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride.
Lesson for today? Don’t steal a cop car.
Cop Car reminds me a lot of the classic coming-of-age flick Stand By Me. Not so much for its criminal undercurrent, or its focus on Kevin Bacon’s weasel-like bad guy, but for the overall tone of life’s reality coming into the fantasy of childhood, and the loss of innocence. Cop Car’s deliciously simple premise and nuanced, detailed, precise execution by director Jon Watts (his previous film was Clowns, and at the time of publishing he’s also set to direct Marvel’s upcoming reboot of Spider-Man) makes for rewarding viewing, although a caveat might be that you need to be in the right frame of mind to be rewarded. The film has a weird vibe about it, an off-kilter sensibility that allows its meandering pace to marinate the characters, and give is time to enjoy their situations.