Review: Bright

The title is a misnomer, this isn’t very bright. In an alternate reality where humans live alongside orcs and elves, the LA police department learn about an ancient magical artifact designed to return The Dark Lord to life. Officer Ward and his new recruit, an orc named Nick, find themselves in the middle of an…

Review: Serpico

Serpico tells the true story of Frank Serpico, a lone American police man who personally confronts the rampant corruption in the force. Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) is a greenhorn police officer recently joined the force, with an optimistic view on how the officers behave. He is a good man who finds himself surrounded by nothing…

Review: Zootropolis (aka Zootopia)

Honestly I was expecting a good but perhaps exasperating time with Zootropolis, but actually… this was a really intelligent and err, human story. Judy Hopps has dreams of being a Police Officer in the big city, despite everyone (including her parents) thinking it is ridiculous; no bunny could ever be a Police Officer! But believing…

Review: Welcome to the Punch

I went in looking for a stylish action crime caper. I got that, unfortunately I didn’t get anything more. Welcome to the Punch follows a grudge between a high priority criminal Jacob (Mark Strong) and a patriotic cop Max (James McAvoy). But when they are both targeted by a shadowy adversary, they have to join…

Review: RoboCop (2014)

Oh, Hollywood… please stop doing this. Alex Murphy, police officer of Detroit, is fatally injured in a car bomb explosion and is remade as a cybernetic law enforcement robot. The company who made him, OMNICORP, create military robots to battle in the Middle East, but cannot bring such faceless enforcement into American cities without causing…

Trilogy Review: RoboCop

Dead or alive, you’re coming with me. I never really watched RoboCop when I was younger, I was more on the Terminator side of things back then, but I had the big action figure, it was awesome. I even had the first film’s poster on my wall. Now there is a remake coming out… sadly….

Review: Filth

“Sick, twisted, demented, bizarre” are some of the words used to describe Filth in its sledgehammer trailer, and it certainly indulges itself in all manner of things, but I would say I was surprised at its equally compelling lead character. Based off the novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) Filth is set in Scotland during the…

Review: The Sweeney

Something about crime drama set in Britain just irks me. Adapted from the 1970s television show of the same name, The Sweeney follows two of the more unconventional police officers in Britain, whose lack of regard for authority has them running out of allies while hunting down a devious criminal. The film is a classic…

Review: End of Watch

A slice of life from the perspective of two American police officers on patrol as they encounter increasing dangers, proves to be a hard edged reality tale but has some irksome direction. Ex-Marine police officer Brian Taylor (Jake Gylhenhaal) dreams of having a family, while his squad partner Mike Zavala teases him with the easy…

Review: The Guard

The “buddy cop movie” with a sarcastic twist. When a small Irish community becomes a staging area for a trio of notorious serial killers it is up to local guard Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) to stop them. A bluntly spoken officer who knows exactly how far he can bend the law for his own self…