Available in stores on January 22nd from Anchor Bay Entertainment, Brian A. Miller’s Officer Down boasts an impressive cast of actors including the star, Stephen Dorff. Supporting him are Dominic Purcell (Prison Break), AnnaLynne McCord(90210), David Boreanaz(Bones),Walton Goggins(Justified), Stephen Lang(Avatar), and James Woods.
The film is available in both DVD and Blu-Ray disc on a serviceable but not overly impressive 2:40:1 transfer. It has a 97 minute run time that doesn’t overstay it’s welcome. The Blu-Ray disc does not include any supplemental material.
The story of Officer Down is as follows: One year ago, dirty cop Detective Callahan (Stephen Dorff) was shot in a drug bust gone wrong, and saved by an anonymous stranger who gave him a second chance to clean up his life. But when the stranger finally comes forward, seeking revenge against the men responsible for a string of assaults on young women at a local strip club, Callahan must go rogue to find the attacker, in an effort to hide how his past played a part in these crimes. His desperation to find the attacker, and cover his tracks, takes him down a violent road of deception, cover-ups and fraud. Can he play the “good cop” and track down the assailant, while still keeping his reputation clean? (Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment).
While Officer Down certainly doesn’t reinvent any genres, or turn storylines on its head, it succeeds in telling a by-the-numbers crime story. I don’t think the film would have succeeded without the caliber of cast that Brian A. Miller (House of The Rising Sun) seems to have put together here. Working with a script from John Chase, a mostly unknown writer, Miller took a decent script, threw an A-Level cast on it, and brought the picture up to a flawed but enjoyable crime picture.
One of the best moments of the film was a cameo by the wonderful character actor Walton Goggins, who has been putting in stellar work on such shows as Justified, Sons of Anarchy, and a recent turn in two Oscar Nominated Films Django Unchained, and Lincoln. He seems to really make any cast that much more well-rounded.
Some people are giving a lot of press to the acting debut of rapper Soulja Boy. To be expected, he doesn’t do anything spectacular here. The silver lining was his acting seems to be better than his music, so that’s a plus, right?
Kudos to Stephen Dorff for headlining this film though. He is able to believably pull off the anti-hero cop with a past. Without him the film doesn’t work, even with this cast. The writing is stale at times, but has moments of freshness, which is a good enough credit for writer John Chase, who I’m sure will have a nice home writing procedural cop movies for the under $15 Million straight-to-dvd markets.
Officer Down is a movie for fans of double-crosses, shoot-outs, scenes in strip clubs, revenge, and redemption. It’s a decent offering from Anchor Bay Entertainment that will at least entertain you for the 97 minutes of time it takes to watch it.
Did I enjoy it? Of course I did. The cast was fun, the script did it’s job, and I went in knowing what it was going to be and it delivered Sometimes, you just can’t ask for more than that. And I’m okay with that.