they have a large crew and a director who yells, “Cut! Alight, everybody, take five.” HA! Malone blows them all away and saves the young girl. When the cops arrive, Malone’s partner is pissed. Not because of his reckless ways, but because he didn’t bring him along. You know such acts of rebelliousness can only lead one place – in front of your angry black police Captain (unconvincingly portrayed by a young guy who looks like Gary Coleman with whitened hair). But the Captain ain’t mad at ya, he just wants to give Malone and Porter their plane tickets so they can fly to Washington, D.C. to testify to the grand jury against Arkansas drug kingpin Johnny Costello (Len Schlientz). Oh, yeah, your plane leaves in an hour. Jeez, you’d think they might be aware of such big plans and not have them sprung on them. Anyway, our top cops arrive in D.C. and, in keeping with D.C. tradition, are the victims of an attempted robbery in the airport bathroom within minutes of their arrival. Malone kills both men (probably just for their fashion crimes; see pic above) and you know such further acts of rebelliousness can only lead one place – in front of another angry black police Captain! Of course, the Captain ain’t mad at ya and just wants them to keep their nose clean while in his jurisdiction. Damn, this dude has already killed nearly 10 people and no one cares. He is truly a top cop.
Even if the filmmakers had a decent script, they completely failed when it comes to the acting. Len Schlientz as lead villain Costello isn’t the slightest bit scary looking and looks more like a creep who would be giddy outbidding you on eBay in disco record auctions. Of course, special notice should be given to Stephen P. Sides as the titular top cop. While he does give a commendable physical performance (he was also the stunt coordinator), Sides has serious trouble in the acting department and seems to deliver all of his dialogue as if he is trying to make the words shatter his (rather large) teeth. Imagine your friend who always does a really bad Clint Eastwood performance (you know the one) and that is how he comes across. Looking like a cross between Hank Williams, Jr. and Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Sides is about as wrong as you can get for a 1980s style vigilante cop. As it stands, TOP COP is no HOLLYWOOD COP or SAMURAI COP and for that I am truly saddened.
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