John Michael McDonagh, director and writer of Calvary and The Guard brings us his latest picture starring the soon to be Tarzan Alexander Skarsgard and funny man Michael Pena. Pena is used to being the comedic element in buddy cop (or criminal) films as of late which makes him effortlessly suited for a weird Rated-R project like this.
When you read the plot and watch the trailer, you can obviously make out the comedy that will travel through the story, but it seems like one of those f**ked up movie plots with characters we may end up liking to dislike throughout the film. Cops that frame people for illegal things they do seemed like a prominent theme in the film, but with Skarsgard being so damn tall and doing his penguin waddle at the end, I think I will have to ignore any satirical humor and realize this is definitely a comedy. But back to that f**ked up premise:
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Terry Monroe (Skarsgård) and Bob Bolaño (Peña) are two corrupt cops who set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate someone who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he?
I’m not sure how much I will be laughing with a premise like that, but it feels like the whole buddy cop genre is making a resurgance of sorts as of late with things like The Nice Guys being of such high quality and there being talks of a Beverly Hills Cop 4 in the works. Only time will tell.