Packed with impulsive situations, "Hot Pursuit" is an engaging, mainstream Hollywood comic caper with an overall feel good effect, but it's not effective.
A formulaic action comedy film based on the 'buddy cop" genre,
this film involves two female protagonists -- a rigid and morally
upright police officer called Rose Cooper (Reese
Witherspoon) and a mafia henchman's wife, Daniella Riva
The film begins with a brief detailing of Cooper's character.
She is a firecracker who scares off her dates and colleagues with
her intense personality. But because of her sincerity and sticking
by the books attitude, she is assigned to escort Daniella, to
Dallas to testify against a Drug mafia Vincente Cortez (Joaquin
The tale gathers momentum after the shootout at the Riva's
villa, where Daniella's husband gets killed. As the duo drive away
in the Rivas' classic Cadillac convertible, they figure out that
they've been targeted not only by vicious mobsters but by the "bad" and "good" police too. So, with no one but each other to lean on,
the officer and outlaw grudgingly join forces to survive the drive
to a safe sanctuary in Dallas.
There is no story! And the plot is simple and silly. Prudes may
feel it is below their dignity to laugh at the mindless situations
that offer lighter moments to life. But don't moments like these
that make life memorable and grant you a chuckle? "Hot Pursuit"
offers plenty of such moments which begins with; the young Cooper's
reaction to a transsexual in her father's patrol car, followed by
her chasing her date, then her reckless act of attacking an unarmed
student, the list goes on.
The script may sound frivolous with strands found in various
films like, "Midnight Run", "48 Hrs" and "The Squeeze". And the
characters don't rise beyond their pigeon holed graphs. But it is
their performance, however ridiculous they are, that keeps you
Reese Witherspoon as the no-nonsense Cooper is a huge contrast
from any of her previous characters and she is a pleasant surprise.
She clearly has some fun playing the constantly chattering
policewoman with a masculine gait.
Vergara on the other hand as the sassy, spirited Latino lady,
fixated about her age and who lugs around a suitcase full of
jewel-encrusted shoes is superb too. Together, they make an
interesting, mismatched, screen pair with powerful over-the-top
performances, projecting stereotype characters.
The rest of the supporting cast have nothing much to do nor do
they register except for Robert Kazinsky, who plays Rose's Love
interest. He has a meaningful rounded character graph that makes
you root for him.
Technically with its modest cinematography, fine edits and good
production value the film is above average.
Director Anne Fletcher who had earlier delivered "Step Up", "27
Dresses", "The Proposal" and "Guilt Trip" has this time delivered a
no-brainer that fails to break cinematic ground but certainly
provides ample laughs.
A must watch this weekend.