The film is genius for many reasons, firstly because it's essentially a western set in contemporary New York, about a group of corrupt NYC police who built a town for themselves across the river in New Jersey (out of the jurisdiction of internal affairs). So it's up to Stallone (the lone Sheriff in a town full of police) to put things right. Perfect right there!
But this film also has one of best casts....Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro.....again thats Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta and ROBERT DE NIRO!
Not to mention a supporting cast of Robert Patrick, Peter Berg, Michael Rapaport, Edie Falco, Frank Vincent, Cathy Moriarty, Janeane Garofalo, John Spencer....I could go on but that would be futile!
But no, its not just that it's about New York City Cops (but really cowboys) and it has an awesome cast ...well actually that is it.....but what more do you need?....Cop Land delivers!
There is also one more thing....an urban fable set in a small town New Jersey can only mean one thing...YES...Bruce Springsteen is on the soundtrack...BOOM! two tracks from 'The River', 'Stolen Cars' and 'Drive All Night'!....