In the Line of Fire ★★★★

A strong thriller spearheaded by a wonderful Malkovich performance and a mass of Eastwood zingers. The direction is skillful providing Malkovich with a great entrance and a series of strong characters.

The requisite love story is a little weak but at least provides comical moments. However this is countered with a series of interesting subplots.

The film never quite pulls off the finale as it should with a feeling of dread absent. The hand holding moral equivalency is also unneeded.

The Reverence: Hilarious mugshots including a bug eyed criminal and Malkovich as Wolverine beats out Secret Service Agents stripping down.