*** Read my four-star Copshop review ***
Wait, what? I feel like my two favourite actors have been shoved into the dodgy teleporter from The Fly and come out with their DNA all mixed up.
The one-minute teaser trailer for upcoming thriller Copshop has arrived, and luckily — as I like my Hollywood lust-buckets to stay in their own lanes — the synopsis makes it sound more like Home Alone for assassins than Scottish John Wick:
Screaming through the Nevada desert in a bullet-ridden Crown Vic, wily con artist Teddy Murretto (Frank Grillo) hatches a desperate plan to hide out from lethal hitman Bob Viddick (Gerard Butler): He sucker-punches rookie officer Valerie Young (Alexis Louder) to get himself arrested and locked up in a small-town police station. But jail can’t protect Murretto for long. Viddick schemes his own way into detention, biding his time in a nearby cell until he can complete his mission. When the arrival of a competing assassin (Toby Huss) ignites all-out mayhem, mounting threats force Viddick to get creative if he wants to finish the job and escape the explosive situation.
On first watch the teaser is jerky and confusing, all blues and yellows, fire and balloons (in a nod to Gerry’s British Saturday morning TV heritage part of me wishes they’d called it The Multicoloured Cop Shop) and I would have had no clue what was going on without reading the synopsis. Still, people said that about Geostorm, and I gave that 3.5 out of 5. There are terrible moustaches aplenty and Butler is all leather jacket and unwashed hair, and looking very much like Den, I mean Big Nick, from Den of Thieves — though in that one he played an actual cop, if one who was actually worse than the bad guys.
Anyway, I’ve watched this trailer five times now and it makes a lot more sense, even if I want to slather him in Head & Shoulders.
Here’s the trailer:
Copshop stars Gerard Butler, Frank Grillo, Alexis Louder, Toby Huss, Ryan O’Nan and Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau and is directed by Joe Carnahan from a screenplay Carnahan co-wrote with Kurt McLeod.
It’s exclusively in UK cinemas on 10 September 2021 and is out in the US on 17 September.