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‘Copshop’ Review: Gerard Butler in Police-Station Pressure Cooker

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In one of the most action-packed scenes from “Copshop,” a hitman, Toby Hussey (waving a Ben Davidson mustache) plays the psychotic Zick Gusto, walking around a desert police station in Nevada with a bouquet of birthday balloons. He kills several policemen, and he ends up walking down a hall-with a snub-barrel submachine gun that fires with raw fire-at a door made of bullet-proof glass. (If he fires enough shots, he can open them. And he does.) Standing behind the door is Officer Valerie Young (Alexis Lauder), who floats with a garland of grace-pressure as he tries, like a countdown. To-the-Apocalypse thriller, to reset the password that will allow him to enter the next room. The director, Joe Carnahan, cuts between firing and resetting the password, and all of that gonzo ballistic relentlessness is entertaining.

“Copshop”, in its humble and dirty way, doesn’t always make up its mind about what it wants to be: underworld character study, cat-and-mouse thriller, screw-it-all action fantasy. The song takes the title of the movie from Creek Police Station, where the whole thing happens. It’s a rare movie station that looks like a corporate office দুই two-tiered and clever, sitting on a spacious desk under a high concrete ceiling with some color and design under police and fluorescent lights. But the heart of the action is revealed in the station prison, where there are two large cells from each other.

The two men in the cell – Teddy Mureto (Frank Grillo), a criminal fixer who had just signed a contract with the Fed, and Bob Vidick (Gerard Butler), the mob hitman who was hired to kill him – both held themselves captive. Face to face, they are angry at each other, exchanging occasional sharp sharp bits of philosophy, almost like an old western character. After his escape, Officer Young joins them, accidentally shooting himself in the abdomen. I like the idea of ​​a prison hangout movie (“Rio Bravo” is one of my favorite movies), but the quality defined here is that the characters honestly hate each other. “Copshop” is a scuba bug “Rio Bravo” that turns into a super-violent video game.

Hussein’s Jabering Psycho, who also got the worst scenes in the movie (his “Teddy’s Dead Falseto performance,” Freddie’s Dead “tune), Huber (Ryan O’Nann), a long, bearded dirty cop, and the movie The jailer is trying to kill everyone else, but how the other three really take their place in the classification of good and evil.

Butler is definitely playing Hitman with a golden heart. He establishes that with the precision of the ice he fits by the elegance of Grillo’s character and the precision of his physical strength. Butler has surpassed Brucerhood – in “Cupshop”, he’s like the human version of the Mac truck. Grillo doubles his duality (Teddy will sell you, but there’s a way to find a good reason to do it), and Alexis Lauder, who started the buy-book too, keeps his power under wraps. As an actor, she has an attentive attitude and a brave disposition – you can imagine her in the character of Angela Davis, or perhaps Grace Jones.

Carnahan, who did a good job of managing “Boss Level” earlier this year, has always had true talent. But when he made “Blood, Courage, Bullet and Octane” for about 75 cents, he showed all the way, he improved on a certain level of artistic perseverance. In “Cupshop”, where he is not, he is working very hard to create convocation. All you can enjoy along the way are the small touches: Phillips, disturbed by Husse’s performance, the way his gun chamber revolves for a short while in the louder before the Carnahan coup. A “cupshop” is a processed piece of grain meat juice that is occasionally made with pulses in a decorative design. It’s junk and synthetic, but it fills you up.

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