I'm pretty sure I forgot a dozen titles and don't ask why some films count and others don't (also the…
Clint Eastwood plays Steve Everett, a journalist recovering from alcoholism, given the task of covering the execution of murderer Frank Beechum (played by Isaiah Washington). Everett discovers that Beechum might be innocent, but has only a few hours to prove his theory and save Beechum's life.
Remember the end of The Player? This is that movie.
Eastwood decided to make another thriller based on a novel following Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, this time it would be among his bigger commercial failures. In the grand scheme of Eastwood's career it is obscure for a reason, showing his vanity by playing a role that he is at least 20 years too old for (hotshot womanizing reporter) and even throwing in a kissing scene with a character we are told is 23! I' d put this in the same category as Blood Work another clunky thriller in which Clint for some reason takes his shirt off and unleashes his inner Romeo despite being well past retirement age.
The plot is really not that great, feeling…
True Crime gets somewhat of a bum rap and perhaps deservedly so. Eastwood was already owning it hard with brilliant work throughout the 90's (his Oscar-winning revisionist beauty Unforgiven, the absorbing manhunt drama A Perfect World and that oh so beautifully unhurried The Bridges of Madison County), but his final film which ended the decade is unable to truly cut it for me. It still retains the man's notion of an amoral image in this unlikely hero role; but with small increments of grace, class or focus. And his worst offense is deeply thickening the seriousness of its plot with womanizing subplots and this déjà vu divination in the limited time-frame. It's ridiculous how these clues are even "detected". But…
The second recent disappointment from Clint Eastwood's back catalogue. This one is woefully paced, badly miscast and contains at least one entirely superfluous subplot with pointless characters. The only actor who comes out with reputation intact is James Woods. Everyone else is poor, especially Eastwood in his own film, playing a character whose traits are of a 35-40 year old. Clint looks 30 years too old.
The other major issue is with the pacing where Clint spends a day finding information on the execution of a prisoner. However he spends most of the day goofing around and at one point takes his daughter to the zoo. It's a scene that if you didn't already hate Eastwood's character, that'll do it.…
The second of Clint Eastwood’s great crime procedurals of the late 90s and early 00s sees him as Steve Everett, a reporter for the Oakland Tribune, who’s called in to cover the execution of Frank Beachum (Isaiah Washington), a Death Row inmate on Alcatraz. The entire film is set over one day in San Francisco, as Everett starts to suspect that Beachum might be innocent, and tries to rope together the evidence to prove his hunch. Among other things, that makes for a wonderful evocation of the quotidian fuzz, clutter and texture of the city, as Everett moves from one source of information to another, while trying to spend quality time with his daughter and estranged wife. As the day’s…
"I just had a terribly ridiculous day."
Any plot about a man trying to saving another human life however immoral he may be, is a fair watch.
A fairly standard, by the book, crime drama. One of Eastwood's lesser films to be sure.
Murder-mysteries are rarely more clichéd or predictable than the one at the center of True Crime, but Eastwood's invitingly light touch behind the camera and a wealth of solid performances make it watchable. I wasn't aware of its total financial failure going in, but if Warner had had the foresight to accept its small-screen destiny beforehand, it would've been the television event of the decade; it is hilarious that they released both this and The Green Mile in the same year.
A real nice superthriller with Eastwood and nice supporting roles! A lot of tension is build up.
Tsé quand tu ne sais pas trop où ton film de 2h s'en va... C'est long en ta....
Clint's getting a bit "preachy" in this one.
Maybe a bit forced at times. Certainly at the ending. Too cheesy. Way too cheesy. No, Clint. Just no.
True Crime (Clint Eastwood, 1999) 7/10
Womanizing, alcoholic, grizzled newspaper reporter tries to prove that a black inmate on death row about to be executed is innocent of murder. Old fashioned yarn is great fun thanks to the funny, very loose and charming Eastwood. Good supporting cast.
O grande problema deste drama criminal dirigido por Clint Eastwood é seu tom, cuja irregularidade atrapalha na imersão do filme. Ainda assim, esta obra menor do veterano ator-diretor merece ser conferida, até por que traz em sua essência uma bem-vinda crítica à pena de morte de utilizada em alguns estados dos EUA, como também a estrutura do sistema acusatório/criminal como um todo.
A list of the films screened at the White House by U.S. President Bill Clinton, as per Gizmodo.
This is the second part of my list of watched movies, this list carries on from June 1999 to the…