McCanick (2014)



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When narcotics detective Eugene "Mack" McCanick (David Morse) discovers that Simon Weeks (Cory Monteith) has been released from prison, he instigates a brutal manhunt, without permission from the Chief of Police (Ciaran Hinds). The frenzy of paranoia and violence that follows pushes Mack and his partner to the edge of the law. The closer Mack gets to his prey, the closer he gets to a secret from his past - one that only Weeks can expose. (c) Well Go USA
R (for language, some strong violence and brief drug content)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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David Morse
as Eugene "Mack" McCanick
Cory Monteith
as Simon Weeks
Mike Vogel
as Floyd
Tracie Thoms
as Sister Alice
Aaron Yoo
as Carl
Rachel Nichols
as Amy Intrator
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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

The premise that bruised feelings can get blown so far out of proportion and propel a veteran cop to risk his reputation and jettison his entire career is simply preposterous.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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The dour "McCanick" banks way too much on what it is not telling us, making for a movie that thinks it's being cryptically suspenseful but is really just annoying.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
New York Times
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It's a shame the script doesn't offer anything beyond loose-cannon-cop cliches.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
New York Daily News
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The only reason to suffer through a grim wack job called McCanick is to see the late Cory Monteith in his last film role.

Full Review… | March 19, 2014
New York Observer
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[A] numbingly inert series of dirty-cop clichés that abruptly builds to an ephemerally poignant climax.

Full Review… | March 18, 2014
Village Voice
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A fine performance by Cory Monteith isn't enough to salvage this drably derivative, infuriatingly improbable police drama.

Full Review… | September 9, 2013
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On the surface, McCanick is a simple story of a cop going after an ex-con who he has a history with. As the film progresses, the lines begin to blur, leaving the audience to question who is really the good guy and who is actually the bad guy? This film is notable, as it is the last thing Glee star Cory Monteith worked on before he died, and it was a definite change in direction for the young star. The story starts on Eugene Wellington McCanick's birthday, a happy day that should mark a reunion with his son, but instead marks a day where he learns that the biggest bust of his career, acquiesced killer Simon Wells (Cory Monteith) had been paroled. McCanick is ordered to leave the situation alone, but he can't rest while this man is on the street and McCanick goes looking for trouble. This is a very dark and methodical drama that really seems to have no depth whatsoever, until you see both sides of the story presented in flashbacks. David Morse stars as your typical tough loner cop, whose life is all about the job. The kind of cop that takes his job personally and will do whatever it takes to bust the people he sees as a threat to his city. When I think tough guy, David Morse is not the first person who comes to mind, but he has a history of playing both the good and the bad guy, making the role of Eugene McCanick perfect for him. He's paired with Cory Monteith, who as a teen heartthrob, has never really been seen as more than a sweet, loveable guy. Simon Wells is anything but sweet an loveable, as he's been severally damaged by a life on the streets, but the question becomes just how bad a guy is he? McCanick is the kind of film where everything seems to be laid right out in front of you, the kind of film where you're not expecting a surprise, but that's the whole premise of the film. The whole purpose of the film is to make you question everything you believe and it really turns into to something very unique and special. McCanick doesn't have a cast or a preview that screams out to you, many people are just going to skip it, but if you do, you'll be missing that special kind of movie that leaves you thinking about it long after it's over.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

Morse and Monteith deliver amazing performances, but the story is just not great. There are no surprises or twists here. It is just a long hour and a half of watching a shady cop make shady moves against a perfectly innocent person that he set up years ago.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

All this carnage for getting shot down and insulted.What a great premise to build a rouge cop movie on aint it.

bill secor
bill secor

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