Archive for the ‘Cop Movie’ Category

The remarkable thing about this new police thriller from Belgium is that it starts of really well and then falls totally flat by the end. Sadly, because the trailer looks promising.

A notorious chief of police is retiring to start a political career. But on the eve of his retirement he is tempted to do one last drug bust.  Not in the city of his jurisdiction (Antwerp), but in Charleroi. However, something is wrong. No drug lab is found. No drugs are found. A lot of people get killed and the informant seems to have damaging information about the soon to be politician. This does not look good…

Again, the movie starts of great. The tension and intrigue are built up well. The acting is good (Peter Van Den Begin is excellent in these kind of roles). Some of the scenes are shot in unique ways. The editing is excellent. The story lends well to an interesting collaboration between the movie industries from the north (Flanders) and the south (Wallonia) of the country.

But it’s all a bit predictable, and as the story comes to a climax it totally bombs.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5546540

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Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are quite the entertaining duo in this new take on the classic buddy cop movie. They aren’t cops. One is a very bad private investigator and the other is a messenger (who gets paid to – violently – give messages). They meet when a young adult called Amelia pays Crowe to beat up Gosling and tell him to stop following her. Soon both team up to look for Amelia again, because she has something that is so important that everyone around her ends up dead.

The story is ABSURD, but that’s not really important. You want to watch it for the atmosphere and setting (late seventies LA), the weird dialogue between the two characters (not LOL funny, but forehead frowningly funny), the cool of Crowe and the craziness of Gosling. It’s a pretty stupid flic, but the movie’s over before you know it and doesn’t bore at all.

But I’m not sure not everyone will like the little girl (Gosling’s daughter) speak profane language and get in all kinds of inappropriate situations. It only comes with one good repetitive joke (the ‘and so’ for those who have seen the movie). So not sure if that was necessary.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3799694

Sicario – **

Posted: February 27, 2016 in 2015, Cop Movie, Drama, USA, XX

“If you can convince the 20% of the American population not to buy drugs, then we wouldn’t have to do this” is an all to common line in movies about the war on drugs.

This time it’s coming from a special force unit leader (Josh Brolin) who addresses a bold and brave FBI-agent after an unorthodox operation near the Mexican border.

The FBI agent is played by Emily Hunt, who is excellent at being confused for about the entire movie. It’s not clear to her (and the audience) why she needs to team up with a former Mexican district attorney turned hitman (a great Javier Bardem).

It’s a negative movie with no humour and no hope, but it has its thrilling moments and the atmosphere is quite suspenseful. The scenes are long and well shot. The direction is great. The soundtrack efficient. The acting top notch. The story not so much.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3397884

White Chicks – **

Posted: January 18, 2016 in 2004, Comedy, Cop Movie, Slapstick, USA, XX

“A guilty pleasure is something, such as a movie, a television program or a piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard.”

There you go. A definition from Wikipedia. They should add ‘like the American buddy cop movie White Chicks’. 

It starts off really bad. Marlon and Shawn Wayans play FBI-agents who are in disguise (as very stereotypical latino shop owners) and take on the wrong suspects. It’s a terrible opening scene. It’s tough to sit through, because it only promises crap. But once they disguise as white chicks it gets better. I mean, there’s two black guys dressing up like ugly white girls and acting all stereotypical. It works.

Fuck the critics. Watch it. And laugh. And don’t analyze it too much. It’s just fun. And it has Marlon Wayans and Terry Crews. And Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter‘s Debra)! It doesn’t have to be drama or satire all the time. Damn, maybe I’m ready for Adam Sandler now.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0381707/

Waste Land – *

Posted: September 3, 2015 in 2014, Belgium, Cop Movie, Crime/Detective, Drama, Flanders, X

The synopsis and trailer looked so promising. A film noir set in multilingual and multicultural Brussels about a troubled detective investigating the murder of a young Congolese man. But the end result is disappointing. In fact, the end result is close to being plain crap.

Luckily there is Jeremy Renier, one of the best Belgian actors around. He carries this movie. A great feat, since the shooting must not have been an easy job. He was a last-minute replacement for Matthias Schoenaerts and his character is supposed to be Flemish. There’s a reference to his character being Flemish early on in the movie which doesn’t make sense at all because Jeremy is excellent as a typical French-speaking Bruxellois who can converse in Flemish when needed. But that’s a minor cringeworthy point. There’s so much more in this movie that doesn’t make sense at all, that it’s really tough to sit through.

First, the director doesn’t seem to know what kind of movie he wants to make. It’s a mix of detective thriller and psychological drama and it fails in both genres. There’s nothing thrilling about it and the drama never captivates. A good director gets you in the mood for a certain genre (Scorcese) or combines it with so much flair that the viewer is hooked from the beginning (Soderbergh). Secondly, there are so many superfluous scenes that add nothing to the story and are plain annoying. Why do we need to see Nathalie Broods nipples? Okay, she’s in a sauna and you’re naked in a sauna. But why are they even in a sauna? What’s the point of that scene? And the recreational drug use? Why is that necessary to show? What does that add to the story? It’s cliché. It’s been done before. Many times. And better. But finally, the most terrible thing about this movie is the script and the story. If it were a book, you would have stopped reading after three chapters.

Luckily there’s Jeremy Renier. As mentioned before. And Geert Paredis who was the art director. Because despite the crappy storyline, you can still enjoy the visuals.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2294939/

Bought this South African buddy cop comedy for 25 rand (which is like 2 euro or so) in a small town in the Karoo. According to the lady in the video rental store – they still exist there – this was an absolute topper. She recommended three others, one of which was SO bad that I couldn’t watch more than half an hour (Babalas). This Blitzpatrollie is also really bad, but at least there are some funny moments and it’s so camp that it’s entertaining at times. It’s also interesting to watch this representation of modern-day South Africa, in which inhabitants of all colors and languages seem to co-live quite well. It’s great to see after you’ve experienced traveling through the country as well – that is if you actually talked to the people or read the funny ‘A Racist Guide To The People Of South Africa’. If you think South Africa has 50 percent black people and 50 percent white people who still don’t talk to each other and there’s a killing on the street every five minutes, than you’re fucked.

That said, the intrigue kind of disappears after an hour when you realize that this is just a copy of the Hollywood buddy cop movie. It must have been a very low-budget movie, with takes done only once. However, the special effects are more efficient than in movies like Sharknado even though there must have been less money to create them. For example: the main killer of the movie kills his victims by throwing a brick to their heads. One brick, one throw and they are dead. That’s ridiculous but funny, especially since it gets repeated a few times. But simple can be clever. The first time it happens you see the victim, you see a brick in the air, you hear a sound and they zoom in on the brick with blood. Compared to the detailed death scenes in Game Of Thrones this suggestive scene is as good.

The story isn’t all that special. Two losers at the police force intervene in a domestic violence scene and accidentally discover a drug den. Another police officer who is supposed to bring the drugs to the police station gets killed (yep, by a brick to his head) and the van disappears. More murders happen and you have several people looking for the drugs. It’s silly. It’s basically a series of sketches glued together with easy detachable spit.

There’s a negative review online which is spot on, but way too harsh. Especially since it accuses the producer for making a ‘touristic trinket’ that will entertain Europeans, who will consider it garbage, but enjoy it anyways because of its exotic appeal. The reviewer is ashamed of this movie and fears that viewers will laugh AT South Africa. Thát is silly.

Bad comedies are made all over the world. Humor is a very regional thing. Would I have liked this movie as a South African? Most likely not. Do I like it as a European movie lover? Not really. But the fact that it is not made in the US, the UK, Germany or France does make it more exotic and more intriguing. That’s not a bad thing at all. The movie won’t make anyone visit South Africa more than they already wanted to before. Nor will it make anyone think that this is the best South Africa can do. Europeans make silly movies all the time. They don’t get released abroad, because maybe they are not exotic enough. Americans make even more silly movies and they do get released. Compared to anything from Will Ferrell or Adam Sandler, this really wasn’t all that bad.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2336284

Zulu is a bit of a bad title really, that’s why it was also released as City Of Violence in some countries and Cape Town Cops in others. It never got a release in the UK or the USA, maybe because they couldn’t market it properly. It has Orlando Bloom though and Forest Whitaker who do a great job, even speaking Afrikaans at some point. But it’s directed by a French guy and only got a big release in France.

It’s really not such a bad movie at all, but it just doesn’t feel right. It kind of shows Cape Town from the perspective of outsiders and it tries to fit in too much information in too short a movie. This could have been a great miniseries. Think of crime thrillers like The Killing for instance or True Detective. But now it feels like a superficially directed and written pilot of a crime series.

The main story deals about two cops who want to solve a series of mysterious events after a mutilated body of a pretty young girl was found. But it also involves the disappearing of township children, druglords getting all aggressive against the police at the beach, corruption within the force, former apartheid governments trying to implement new ways of getting rid of the ‘inferior’ black population. It shows Blooms character as a drunk and irresponsible divorced dad. It shows Whitaker as a troubled celibate with subdued trauma’s from the past. Interesting stuff, but not well executed.

But again, maybe one day this becomes a great tv show.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2249221/