Cop Land Reviews
Stallone does a decent job of acting the part of blue collar cop #2 who couldn't quite make it. Di Nero freaking out is the best part in this movie.
Stallone's understated performance was praised by critics and he received the Best Actor award at the Stockholm International Film Festival. "Cop Land" was also screened at the 54th Venice Film Festival in the Midnight line-up. Earlier in May 1997, the film was accepted into the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival, but Miramax declined the invitation due to re-shoots that were needed for the film, including footage of Stallone 40 pounds heavier. Roger Ebert gave the film two out of four stars and wrote, "There is a rough balance between how long a movie is, how deep it goes and how much it can achieve. That balance is not found in Cop Land and the result is too much movie for the running time". On the other hand, Gene Siskel praised the movie, especially the screenplay, "One to be savored." In her review for The New York Times, Janet Maslin felt that, "the strength of Cop Land is in its hard-edged, novelistic portraits, which pile up furiously during the film's dynamic opening scenes... Yet if the price of Mangold's casting ambitions is a story that can't, finally, match its marquee value, that value is still inordinately strong. Everywhere the camera turns in this tense and volatile drama, it finds enough interest for a truckload of conventional Hollywood fare. Whatever its limitations, Cop Land has talent to burn". Entertainment Weekly gave the film a "B-" rating and Owen Gleiberman wrote, "Stallone does a solid, occasionally winning job of going through the motions of shedding his stardom, but the wattage of his personality is turned way down-at times, it's turned down to neutral. And that pretty much describes Cop Land, too. Dense, meandering, ambitious yet jarringly pulpy, this tale of big-city corruption in small-town America has competence without mood or power-a design but not a vision". In her review for the Washington Post, Rita Kempley wrote, "With its redundancy of supporting characters, snarled subplots and poky pace, Cop Land really might have been better off trading the director for a traffic cop". Rolling Stone magazine's Peter Travers praised Stallone's performance: "His performance builds slowly but achieves a stunning payoff when Freddy decides to clean up his town ... Freddy awakes to his own potential, and it's exhilarating to watch the character and the actor revive in unison. Nearly down for the count in the movie ring, Stallone isn't just back in the fight. He's a winner". In his review for the San Francisco Chronicle, Mick LaSalle also liked Stallone's work: "His transformation is more than a matter of weight. He looks spiritually beaten and terribly sad. He looks like a real person, not a cult-of-the-body film star, and he uses the opportunity to deliver his best performance in years".
"Copland" is one of Sylvester Stalloneīs finest moments as he get to truly show his acting abilities in a role we normally donīt see him in. Heīs overweight, bleak, sad, lonely and in secret longing for the woman he canīt get. The cast, story, location and direction from James Mangold creates an intense and engaging film with a touch of an independent movie. The message to garner the courage to do what is right despite the risks involved and what you might sacrifice is not unique, but yet interesting and believable. The portrayal of corruption and dark sides of the police department is an important question to be asked as this is of course a threat to our society. If you canīt trust the police who can you trust? The film has so many solid actors in the leads such as Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro, Robert Patrick, Ray Liotta, Annabella Sciorra etc which bring the film to great heights as everybody has brought their A-Game. "Copland" is a great crime drama in my eyes. And I love the ending.
Very good crime drama with some great performances, especially worth watching for Stallone as proof that he can act.
Stallone once again delivers a great performance backed up by top support from DeNiro and Keitel. Possibly the best gangster film that's not about gangsters.
Always worth staying up late to watch on Channel 4.
(Full review coming soon)