McCanick (2013) – By Duane L. Martin

Eugene McCanick (David Morse) is a dirty cop who’s obsessed with a guy named Simon Weeks (Cory Monteith) who years ago helped him during the investigation of a murdered congressman. Weeks was a young male prostitute who only did what he was doing to get by, but when things went down between him and McCanick, the dirty cop turned on him and got him convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s out, he’s clean and he’s even helping other young guys to get off the streets, while McCanick is not only falsely accusing him of trying to kill his partner, but he’s using his power as a cop to chase Simon down in an attempt to kill him. Why is he so obsessed with Simon Weeks? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.

You know what’s sad about this movie? Two things actually. First, that it will only really be know as Cory Monteith’s final film, and second, that his final film wasn’t a better one.

There’s a list of problems I have with this film, and while as a whole it isn’t horrible, it could have been done much better, starting with the casting of David Morse. I didn’t find his portrayal of McCanick to be the least bit believable or sympathetic. It felt like he was just going through the motions of playing a role rather than actually becoming the character, and the way it was played makes it hard for you to feel anything at all for him, whether it be love or hate.

Cory Monteith did a good job, just as people have stated many times in their comments about the film, but in the end the film failed him with a weak, ridiculously bad ending, and an incident that takes all the sympathy you’d felt for him up to that point and throws it out the window when he makes a move that seems totally out of character for the role he’s playing. None of that was Monteith’s fault. He simply played it the way they told him to.

Something else that didn’t make sense is that at some point McCanick accidentally shoots his partner during a shootout with another criminal in a stairwell. He tells the investigating officer that Weeks was the one who shot him. Um…he’s fifty-nine years old and he’s been a cop for most of his life and comes from a family of cops, but all of a sudden he forgets about a little something called ballistics? The whole thing was ridiculous, and thankfully they finally corrected that error later in the film, but still, a veteran cop would know better than that and just admitted what happened so it could have been ruled an accidental shooting. In other words, McCanick doesn’t seem all that bright for a veteran cop. That’s not even mentioning all the other stupid things he did that no trained cop would ever be caught dead doing, like walking into a room full of thugs by himself. He paid for that one too, believe me.

While it’s sad that this was Monteith’s final film, it’s even more sad that he ended on a note like this. While his performance was indeed good, it was buried in a film that just wasn’t worth his time or effort.

For special features, this new release from Well Go USA contains a behind the scenes featurette and deleted and extended scenes.

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