Parents' Guide to

Cop Car

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Inventive, minimalistic thriller has some bloody twists.

Movie R 2015 87 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Waste of Money

I love Kevin Bacon. Why did he choose to be in this movie? Worst. Movie. Ever. Movie drags on pointless details, scenes of staring at a fish tank, not a scary movie like trailer. First 5 minutes are scenes of boys cussing walking in a field. So very pointless. Do not see this movie. At ALL! We wasted so much money going to arc light to see a movie at those fancy theaters with reclining chairs and I normally love Kevin Bacon. But it was so bad and such bad acting it was actually silly. We were laughing. Almost got mad at the theater and demanded my money back after the first 20 minutes of the ridiculousness.

Is It Any Good?

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Directed and co-written by Jon Watts, this deceptively simple, low-budget thriller delivers its extremely satisfying suspense through minimal characters, wide-open spaces, and poker-faced patience. The minimalistic COP CAR gleefully revels in details, like Kretzer spending long minutes breaking into a car with his shoelace, or the kids nail-bitingly testing out a bullet-proof vest.

Watts creates additional suspense by crossing shots of wide, empty country landscapes dotted with landmarks (a barbed-wire fence, a snake-hole, etc.) with more intimate close-ups; Bacon is especially good here, feverish and furious in his pointy mustache and dark glasses. The spare use of music, and, toward the end, an incredible use of light (in the dark, the kids turn on the siren but can't find the headlights), make this an inventive joy ride well worth seeing.

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