Summary: A gritty cop drama touted as Sly's attempt at serious acting. He is not too bad actually, really just reprising the shambling Rocky Balboa character, but it's really the excellent supporting cast that makes the film work.
Excerpt: Cop Land is one of those rare cinematic treats that features an A-List cast of thespians all in familiar territory with exception for lead Sylvester Stallone. But that said, he really shines and you really feel for his sluggish almost helplessness character Freddy as he hops around trying to do the right thing but wants to remain loyal to his fellow cops, until he finds the right mind to make the right choice.
Excerpt: Cop Land was always an exciting and riveting movie. But the newest Lionsgate Films release does the film justice. The video looks beautiful with none of the artifacts displayed on the Canadian version
Summary: Feels like a mishmash of discarded parts of crime films like Goodfellas and Casino and it's composed largely of cast from those films. Despite an attempt to recreate the mood of those films, the plot and characters, simply, aren't as compelling or strong.
Summary: HAD to watch this, mainly because of how great the cast is (Liotta! Stallone!!, Keitel!!!, De Niro!!!!) and was not disappointed. The basic plot isn't exactly original - one cop in a small town against a bunch of corrupt cops - but it still made for a pretty interesting watch, especially seeing these actors interact with each other.
Summary: It starts promising with a nice little introduction to what will be the bigger plot, but it descends into a typical, by-the-numbers cop thriller. They stab each other in the back, they fight, some of them are corrupt and some are not. Its all been done before and better, but the finale, which sees Sylvester Stallone kicking some cop ass is great and very cinematic. If only the rest of the film had been so ambitious.
Summary: This really should have been great. It's not. Everyone but Stallone and Liotta just phone their performances in. DeNiro and Keitel are there for a pay-check and it shows. The story is decent but it's the performances that hurt this movie.
Conclusion: Having suffered Stallone massacre Judge Dredd, and I couldnt even bring myself to watch his Get Carter remake...temptation is to think there isn't an acting bone in the Big Man's body. This film proves that if he understates the macho, and focuses on the character, and get's a quality supporting cast that watchable is definitely in his dictionary.