COPSHOP (2021) Reviews of Frank Grillo and Gerard Butler action thriller

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‘Someone’s gotta take the hit’

Copshop is a 2021 American action thriller set in a small police station and a battle between a hitman, a female rookie cop and a conman.

Directed by Joe Carnahan (Boss Level; StretchThe GreyThe A-TeamBlood, Guts, Bullets and Octane) from a screenplay co-written with Kurt McLeod based on a story co-written by Mark Williams and Kurt McLeod. Co-produced by Joe Carnahan, Tai Duncan, Eric Gold, Warren Goz, Frank Grillo, Alan Siegel and Mark Williams.

The movie stars Frank Grillo (Cosmic Sin; Boss Level; StephanieDemonicThe Purge: AnarchyMother’s Day), Gerard Butler, Alexis Louder, Toby Huss and Tait Fletcher.

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Plot:

Screaming through the Nevada desert in a bullet-ridden Crown Vic, wily con artist Teddy Murretto (Frank Grillo) hatches a desperate plan to hide out from lethal hitman Bob Viddick (Gerard Butler): He sucker-punches rookie officer Valerie Young (Alexis Louder) to get himself arrested and locked up in a small-town police station.

However, jail can’t protect Murretto for long. Viddick schemes his own way into detention, biding his time in a nearby cell until he can complete his mission. When the arrival of a competing assassin (Toby Huss) ignites all-out mayhem, mounting threats force Viddick to get creative if he wants to finish the job and escape the explosive situation…

Reviews:

“It would only have helped if the script had been a little less corny […] You can see from afar that there will be little left of the police station. Not a bad thing in itself, such a bad-to-worse structure can be quite effective, but it is mainly the macho irony that at some point starts to hang out. As a result, it is never really exciting, but also rarely funny.” Film Totaal [translated from Dutch]

“I found this more irritating than I probably should have, but when a movie shows so much effort at serving up machismo, tough talk and violence and so little at generating suspense, twists and logical surprises, I lose patience with it. This one just never seems to end, and when the illogical end arrives, a laughably dumb coda is layered on top of it.” Movie Nation

Release date:

In the USA, Open Road Films released Copshop theatrically on September 17, 2021.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases Copshop on VOD and on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital on December 7th 2021.

Cast and characters:

Frank Grillo … Teddy
Gerard Butler … Viddick
Alexis Louder … Harper
Toby Huss … Anthony Lamb
Tait Fletcher … Wedding hero
Ryan O’Nan … Huber
Keith Jardine … Trooper Faulkner
Kaiwi Lyman … Barnes
Robert Walker Branchaud … Kimble
Armida Lopez … Bridesmaid
Vanita Kalra … Young Prosecutor
Marshall Cook … Brad
David Vaughn … EMT #1
Yvette Fazio-Delaney … Roach coach waitress
J.R. Adduci … EMT #2
Marco Morales … Trooper Alvarez
Christopher Michael Holley … Ruby
Dez … A.G. Fenton
Chris Kleckner … Larry The Cop
Alex Rush … EMT #2
Nikki Shatz … State Trooper #1

Filming locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Blackhall Studios, Atlanta, Georgia (studio)

Technical details:
1 hour 47 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital
Aspect ratio: 2.39 : 1

Filming dates:

1 October 2020 – 19 November 2020

Trailer:

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