Clint Eastwood is a force to reckon with. Over his illustrious career, this veteran actor and filmmaker has not only worked wonders in the western genre but also tested out his acting abilities in various other genres that have not always been favourable.
In the 1990s, Eastwood found himself tumbling down the experimental road. From taking part in the adventure film While Hunter Black Heart to a buddy cop classic The Rookie, Eastwood also appeared in Unforgiven, A Perfect World, The Bridges of Madison Country, Line of Fire, True Crime, In the Garden of Good etc.
However, among these, one forgotten, terrible box office flop seems to have prevailed nearly two decades later and is making ripples on Netflix, especially in Australia and New Zealand.
Directed by Eastwood, this political thriller sees Eastwood in the lead role as a notorious master thief who accidentally witnesses a homicide by Secret Service Agents.
Based on David Baldacci’s eponymous 1996 novel, this 1997 film sees the elderly burglar being wrongfully convicted of a murder he did not commit. To clear out his name, the burglar must bring down the entire administration.
Providing deep insight into extra-marital affairs, corruption and revenge, the film is, however, almost a disservice to an actor of Eastwood’s stature.
Also starring Gene Hackman, Laura Linney, Ed Harris and more, the film, despite being under the deft direction of Eastwood, lost track with the narrative being nearly haywire.
Despite its average rating on Rotten Tomatoes and terrible overall reception, the film has reached the Top 5 most-watched films list in Australia and New Zealand and seems to have delighted Netflix users.
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