Excerpt: Garrison New Jersey has almost no high level crime. Sheriff Freddy Heflin (Sylvester Stallone) deals in menial offenses, i.e., misplaced garbage. His small roster of staffers don’t have much to protect. After all, it’s a suburban town loaded with cops, but their crimes are dealt with on their terms.
Excerpt: Freddy Heflin (Sylvester Stallone) is the sheriff of Garrison, New Jersey, a small town that is home to numerous police officers from New York. Heflin was never able to become a cop himself, thanks to his deafness and lack of physical fitness.
Conclusion: 'Cop Land' is an entertaining and suspenseful crime drama that puts a modern and gritty spin on tried-and-true western conventions. Led by an exceptional ensemble of heavy weight actors and solid direction from James Mangold, the film has actually improved with age.
Conclusion: As an actor's piece, Cop Land is aces, with full bodied work by a slew of fantastic performers. As a cohesive drama, the film is simply too stuffed with sidebars to ever develop real momentum and emotional impact with regard to Freddy's plight.