REVIEW: COP OUT
SYNOPSIS: Officers Jimmy Monroe and Paul Hodges have their weapons drawn on a gun-wielding killer. They agree to shoot on three. But, wait, does that mean 1Ö2Öshoot or 1Ö2Ö3Öthen shoot? Punches hit hard and laughs hit harder (or is it the other way íround?) when action star Bruce Willis and ace comic Tracy Morgan pair as bickering-but-got-your-back Brooklyn buddy cops. Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) directs the gritty, goofball goings-on as the guys hunt for a stolen 1952 mint-condition baseball card (Jimmy needs it to fund his daughterís wedding), a hunt plunging them into a gunslinging war with a deadly drug ring. Batter up, fans. The boys are ready to take you out to the olí brawl game!
REVIEW: Kevin Smith is back and this time he is giving the 80ís cop buddy movie a shot. Known for his witty and sometimes obscene dialog, Smith broke into the industry with the hilarious Clerks. Clerks is probably Smithís best movie followed by Chasing Amy, however movies like
Mallrats, Dogma and Clerks II never hit there marks. This might be because Smith is known more for his dialog than this work with the camera. We Kevin Smith loyalists have been waiting for Smith next breakthrough and while Iím not sure he did this here with Copout, he got pretty darn close.
The movie starts with Tracy Morgan playing bad cop and interrogating a suspect while at the same time pretending to be a criminal. He runs through a bunch of lines from other movies all the while the whole police department is watching from behind the glass laughing their heads off. At this point in the movie, I was upset with Morganís acting and it only got worst as the movie proceed. The whole thing kept getting worse and worse and absolutely clasped when the main villain was introduced. Granted this is only the first fifteen minutes of movie. If I had to put my finger on it, it was probably Morganís performance in the beginning of the movie that threw me off kilter.
However, after Smith sets up the Mcmuffin, Willis trying to recover a stolen baseball to finance his daughterís wedding, I had my first laugh. From this point on, I kept laughing and laughing and even Tracy Morganís performance started growing on me. Thatís when I thought to myself that the main villain didnít really matter and that the plot wasnít that important because the movie was in itself hilarious; it just took some time for its magic to work on me.
Bruce Willis is pitch perfect playing the straight man, but you probably seen Bruce play the same character in about every movie he is in. Tracy is great as the insecure partner who is always worrying that his wife might be cheating on him. Having only experienced Tracy in Saturday Night Live, might have had something to do with my feelings in the beginning of the movie, where I might have thought I was stuck in a long annoying sketch. I also have to mention the hilarious performance by Sean William Scott. When he was on screen it was both annoying and funny all at the same time.
While itís true that Kevin Smith has not mastered the use of the camera just yet, I did noticed a much smoother style here. However, lets not forget that Smith is a master at writing witty dialog that will have the audience on their knees. However, Kevin Smith didn't write this movie, and in the end that could have make this a classic.
By Milton Brayson
film is presented in 1080P widescreen in a 2.40:1 aspect ration
preserving its theatrical format. The picture is just flawless,
giving the film the clarity that only high
definition can provide. Not only the picture looks excellent in
this release, also the sound it is good, a 5.1 English DTS-HD Master
Audio (48kHz/24bit). It also includes 5.1 Digital Sounds in
Francais and Spanish that provides a good complement to the
In terms of Special Features,
the Blu-ray includes a little over 60 minutes of extended scenes
and outtakes, I found some of these scenes worth watching. The
blu-ray also includes a picture-in-picture moments with Kevin
Smith and Seann William. This is probably the best feature of
this combo pack. It also includes Maximum movie mode with 10 focus
points. Finally, it includes a DVD and Digital
copies of the film.
On July 20th, Cop Out will also be available ON DEMAND through Digital Cable, Satellite TV, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles and it can be downloaded for rental or purchase on iTunes and Amazon Video On Demand.
Anamorphic Widescreen (2.40:1 aspect ratio) 1080P
English 5.1 DTS HD/Dolby Digital
Spanish English French 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish and French
Maximum Comedy Mode with Kevin Smith and Seann William Scott
Wisdom From The shit Bandit
Factoids About the Movie
and Other Information You May Find Helpful or Totally
SD Version of Feature Film
Digital Copy on Disc
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