Imagine Paul Verhoeven
” stripped of its politics, its wit, its humanity, and its craft, and that only gets halfway down the bottom of the barrel scraped by “Officer Downe
,” a hyper-aggressive and thoroughly repugnant piece of comic-book juvenalia. Based on Joe Casey
and Chris Burnham’s comic, and scripted by Casey, this ultra-violent tour of L.A.’s criminal underground reps the feature directorial debut of M. Shawn Crahan
, co-founder of the popular heavy metal outfit Slipknot
. Fans of the ’Knot’s horror-clown aesthetic may have no trouble withstanding this bruising assault on the senses, but Crahan’s frenetic mélange of law-and-order fantasy, Big Boss
battles, and tough-guy posturing will be a challenge to anyone else. Magnet’s day-and-date release rightly assumes better prospects on VOD than in theaters, leaving Crahan’s nu-metal niche to thrash up the cash.
In the opening narration, the eponymous Officer Downe