You’re going to hate OFFICER DOWNE...Or, you’re going to love it.
There’s pretty much no in between. And I know this because I’ve done some digging online. After I finished the movie, I started surfing some of my regular sites and reading reviews. Folks appear to be very opinionated on the film, either for the good or the bad.
Personally, I enjoyed OFFICER DOWNE. It’s campy and cheesy, and it’s certainly over the top…and those are the very reasons I like it. Granted, I’ve never read the graphic novel, so I’m not sure if that’s the way it’s supposed to come across. But as for the film, it works. If you don’t go into this expecting a serious film, and take the movie for what it is, you’ll love it.
If you are not familiar with OFFICER DOWNE, here is the plot courtesy of Magnet Releasing:
Take a ride along in a hyper-real Los Angeles for the story of a savage L.A. policeman who is repeatedly resurrected and returned to active duty through dark science technology. When a rookie officer is recruited as backup, he discovers there's much more to the reputed super-cop than a mindless law enforcement drone warring against a twisted rogue gallery of over-the-top super-villains. From the graphic novel by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham.
OFFICER DOWNE is one of those films you’ll probably watch several times through, just to see if you missed anything. It’s a chaotic, gun-slinging romp with a massive body count and fountains of blood-sprays...you can’t ask for much more out of a movie like this.
OFFICER DOWNE is shot well and looks great onscreen. It is filmed in a sort of hyper-realism style, similar to the way 300 looks, which greatly enhances the fun. The special effects look even more exaggerated in super-HD, and that fits perfectly with this film.
And speaking of special effects, they are pretty good as a whole. Several shots depict definite CG images, but they still blend fairly well into the film; only a couple stand out as obvious. There’s quite a bit of gore, including some phenomenal death scenes. One in particular that stands out takes place during a firefight with gun-dealing nuns; Downe slides through her legs and shoots upward, into her crotch. The resulting impact looks like a grenade goes off in her pocket. It’s crazy good.
The acting is a bit campy, but again…that’s what this movie is about. Kim Coates shines as Officer Downe. He is supported by a decent cast, although nobody gives any award-winning performances.
That’s perfectly fine, though, because OFFICER DOWNE still entertained me, and I found it to be a lot of fun to behold. If you keep your expectations in check and give this one a look, it’ll take you on quirky but enjoyable ride.