Having run away from home, small-town boys Travis (James Freedson-Jackson) and Harrison (Hays Wellford) discover an abandoned sheriff’s car and decide to take it for a joyride after finding the keys. Upon the sheriff’s (Kevin Bacon) return, he becomes angry that his car is missing, as he has something of value to him inside of it, unbeknownst to the boys. What results is a game of cat-and-mouse and the boys realizing they’ve made a huge mistake.
The entire time I was watching the film, I kept facepalming at how – for lack of a better word – stupid these kids were. Playing with a cop car, stealing it, trying to shoot one another while wearing the bulletproof vests, jumping over the guns, pointing the guns in their own faces while wondering why they’re not working, etc. I’ve never seen two kids act that reckless, but I understand they don’t think like adults. They think like two young boys. Nonetheless, I still can’t fathom how they thought any of it would be a good idea.
Kevin Bacon plays a convincing and frightening villain, as always. The sheriff is definitely psychopathic. He’s charming when he wants to be and extremely manipulative. Not even teenagers yet, James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford are already amazing actors. Neither one of them has been in much so far, but I’m sure that will change.
It did feel that there was something missing in the film, though. I’m not sure what it was. It’s not as much of a thriller as I expected. It felt a bit slow, but the last 20 minutes or so will have you tense. The ending is ambiguous, but I won’t spoil anything.
Either way, Cop Car makes for a film that has you clutching whatever or whoever is next to you. The acting was fantastic, especially from the boys. Kevin Bacon always plays a bad guy well, so that’s a no-brainer. Overall, I’d give it a 6 or 6.5. I recommend it.