Copshop Review: Butler & Grillo Star In Fun Actioner That Could’ve Been Wilder

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Copshop Review: Butler & Grillo Star In Fun Actioner That Could’ve Been Wilder

Fun yet flawed, Copshop mixes 70s action flair with present day suspense to create a fairly entertaining single-location shootout.

On the surface, Copshop, the new movie from director Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces), looks like a standard shoot-em-up kind of action film, where blood flows easily and characters make improbable comebacks. And to be sure, Copshop is that several times over, especially starting at its midpoint. At the same time, there’s some surprising depth amid all the zinging bullets, and while Carnahan — who also co-wrote the screenplay with Kurt McLeod, based on a story by McLeod and Mark Williams — could’ve tightened up the plot and characters, there are thrills to be had. Fun yet flawed, Copshop mixes 70s action flair with present day suspense to create a fairly entertaining single-location shootout.

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Con artist Teddy Murretto (Frank Grillo) is on the run in the dusty Nevada desert. Desperate to avoid whatever terrible fate he knows is coming for him, he slugs rookie cop Valerie Young (Alexis Louder) and scores a one-way ticket to an overnight holding cell. However, it isn’t long before he realizes the drunkard who was thrown in after him is none other than hitman Bob Viddick (Gerard Butler), a man who is very, very good at his job. As Valerie gets pulled into the tangled web between Teddy and Viddick, the stakes at the police station get even higher and deadlier with the arrival of psychopathic assassin Anthony Lamb (Toby Huss), who also has his eyes on taking out Teddy.

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