Officer Down

2013

Action / Crime / Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 28%
IMDb Rating 5.5 10 4900

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AnnaLynne McCord as Zhanna Dronov
Tommy Flanagan as Father Reddy
Elisabeth Röhm as Alexandra Callahan
Walton Goggins as Angel / Detective Logue
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Reviewed by NateWatchesCoolMovies 9 / 10

Taut, well drawn tale of police grit

Stephen Dorff has always had a dangerous, flint spark vibe to his work, and he employs it fully here in Officer Down, playing Detective David Callahan, a corrupt, volatile cop with a drug problem, and past affiliations with the wrong kind of people. This film is what many would classify as a b movie, but I for one found it a careful, well casted and acted, loving throwback to the gritty cop flicks of the 70's, something in the vein of Joe Carnahan's Narc, or even Training Day. It sets up for an out and out action headbanger, but surprised me by calming down, and subverting itself, becoming a well structured, exciting, character based crime story that had me paying attention the entire time. Callahan has a past of slumming it in shady, mob run clubs, up to his ears in coke and whores. When his crooked past comes back to haunt him in the form of clues to a forgotten cold case that conveniently seem to fall into his lap, he's spurred to dig up old, painful memories to get to the truth of what's been going on. For an out of left field indie, it has a surprisingly intricate plot that I really didn't expect, and the mid story twists are invigorating, and reminded me why I love this sub genre. The eclectic cast alone is enough to warrant interest, with many an actor cast far against type to excellent result. James Woods pisses everyone off as spitfire police captain Verona, David Boreanaz and Stephen Lang kick in great work as Callahan's suspicious colleagues. Dominic Purcell nicely underplays a strip club owning prick with silent, mirthful evil, Annalyne McCord is great as A stripper in mortal danger, Walton Goggins is awesome as Detective Logue, aka The Angel, who figures mysteriously in the plot, and there's nice work from Soulja Boy, Tommy Flanagan, Oleg Taktarov, and Johnny Messner in a cameo as a growling ex cop psycho. All the elements are brought together nicely to give us a bare bones, tough ass dose of character driven pulp that really enjoyable.

Reviewed by Film Watchin Fool 5 / 10

What to Expect: Officer Down

Why You Might Like It: This is decent action/drama that revolves around a once corrupt police officer unknowingly investigating his own corrupt police department and trying to find out who saved his life after he was gunned down. There is plenty of action and recognizable faces including Stephen Dorff, Dominic Purcell, and James Woods that do a solid job in their roles. If you enjoy corrupt cop films or movies that involve a cop investigating crimes with twists and turns, then you will likely find that this movie is worth a watch.

Why You Might Not Like It: What stood out the most to me was that the movie is all over the place and has a lot going on. There are numerous flashbacks and in some cases they are hard to spot, which makes the movie a little confusing. Overall, the story isn't outstanding and the movie plays out to be very mediocre. To me, the movie is very average in almost all aspects, which means it likely isn't worth your time unless you really like one of the actors or really enjoy this genre of film.

Acting/Casting: 5.5*

Directing/Cinematography/Technical: 5*

Plot/Characters: 5*

Entertainment Value: 5*

Total - 5.5+5+5+5 = 20.5/4 = 5.125*

Reviewed by Claudio Carvalho 7 / 10

Pull the Strings, Watch Them Dance

In Bridgeport, Connecticut, Detective David 'Cal' Callahan (Stephen Dorff) is a family man, married with Alexandra (Elisabeth Röhm) with the teenage daughter Lanie (Beatrice Miller). Cal has an unscrupulous past, drug and alcohol addicted, and he has reborn when he was shot by a drug dealer and saved by a stranger.

When a stranger meets Cal in a bar, he tells that he was the one who saved him and gives the journal of his deceased daughter to Cal. He tells to Cal that she committed suicide after Angel (Walton Goggins), a regular of a night-club owned by the drug dealer Royce Walker (Dominic Purcell) where she danced, beaten up on her and raped her in the parking area. Cal investigates Angel and when he sees the man in his car in front of the school where Lanie studies, he believes that Angel is a pedophile and Cal decides to take an attitude. But he finds that he is a marionette and someone is pulling the strings and watching him dance.

"Officer Down" is a good police story with a non-linear screenplay developed like a puzzle with flashbacks and plot points that keeps the truth hidden until the conclusion. Detective David 'Cal' Callahan is tailored to Stephen Dorff that has good performance and James Woods is great as usual. The conclusion with the redemption of Cal is a little disappointing and unbelievable especially considering that Cal has a family to support and certainly mortgage to pay, and spending five years in prison does not seem to be a second chance in life. He could have accepted the report offered by Captain Verona and turned into a good cop. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Rastros de Violência" ("Violence Tracks")

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