Saturday Matinee Double Feature: Cop Car (2015) / The Harvest (2013)

Welcome to the Saturday Matinee Double Feature

First Feature Film:

Cop Car (2015)

Starring: Kevin Bacon, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford

Plot: A small town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride.

My Quick Review:

A different plot. Original and very simple. Somewhat comical. Solid acting by Bacon. Didn't really know what to expect from it, and was surprisingly entertained by it even with its meandering plot. The 2 kids played by James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford, were both solid in their roles. It's classified as a thriller, but I really can't say that it was, at least in certain spots, there is more of a drama setting, with added suspense. Two kids find an abandoned cop car. They decide that it would be fun to take off with it, playing, and joy riding. They soon discover a tied up, and beat-up man in the trunk of the car. The sheriff seeks out the boys in a cat and mouse game. Directed solidly by Jon Watts. He directed another one of my favorite guilty pleasure films, 2014's Clown (YOU CAN READ MY REVIEW HERE FOR IT). Cop Car is a simple film, yet yields a good story with solid performances.

My Rating: 3 out of 5

Second Feature Film on this Saturday Matinee Double Bill:

The Harvest (2013)

Starring: Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon, Natasha Calis, Charlie Tahan, Peter Fonda, Leslie Lyles

Plot: Maryann moves in with her grandparents after she’s orphaned. Desperately lonely, the preteen sets out to befriend a deathly ill, bed-ridden boy, despite the outright disapproval of his mother. Maryann’s persistence pays off, however, and during a series of secret visits she gradually uncovers some seriously sinister goings-on in the house.

My Quick Review:

This clearly has the mentality to be a made for television movie. With that said, what draws it away from that reality is the acting by an amazing ensemble cast. This is another very strange film. Disturbing in the human nature concept. Directed by John McNaughton who directed one of my favorite films of all time Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer. This is far from that reality, but still has a slow burn mentality that leads to a surprisingly disturbing outcome. Truly a twisted mystery, thick with a human horror reality that gets under your skin. The movie has a darker nature when all the truth starts to unfold. Truly a cold hearted twisted performance by the amazing Samantha Morton. Morton captures a flawless depravity. Morton is shocking, and plays a true gifted "bitch". The movie definitely leaves a lasting impression. The film starts out slow, but ends into a twisted, spiraling reality of dark insanity. The whole cast is equally impressive. The phenomenal Michael Shannon also stars. A gifted actor in a solid role. The two young actors, Natasha Calis, and Charlie Tahan are perfection in their roles. I think that is what makes this film stand out the most, is the performances by all. It's not so much a horror, it's more of a thriller that stands out above and beyond a lot of thrillers. Twists and turns and a dynamic mystery unfolds in a tense plot. I was thoroughly entertained even with it's TV movie like reality.

My Rating: 3 out of 5