Film Review: Cop Land

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Morrison, James
James Mangold; film; Arts and Humanities; Film and Media Studies
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On the strength of Heavy and his new film, Mangold appears to be striving to forge an authentically ascetic style within the decidedly inhospitable climate of contemporary Hollywood. His decision to follow the anomalously quiet Heavy with a police-procedural that appears at least superficially to be in the up-tothe- minute blockbuster mode feels a bit like an exercise, an experiment in spiritual temptation-andresistance, and the news here is that Mangold has not sold out, as so many young filmmakers do after a first independent hit.