Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB
USA, 2002. Malpaso Productions, Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Brian Helgeland, based on the novel by Michael Connelly. Cinematography by Tom Stern. Produced by Clint Eastwood. Music by Lennie Niehaus. Production Design by Henry Bumstead. Costume Design by Deborah Hopper. Film Editing by Joel Cox.
Middling psychological thriller isn’t among Clint Eastwood‘s best pulse-pounders (no pun intended), especially in comparison with the highly superior Absolute Power. He plays an FBI agent who is sent into retirement by a heart attack that he suffers while in pursuit of a serial killer.
Years later, after a successful transplant, he is approached by a beautiful woman (Wanda De Jesus) who claims that her murdered sister’s heart is what saved his life. He pledges to the woman that he will find out who it was that killed her beloved relative, but the trail of evidence and clues he follows leads him towards what might be the case that ended up being his downfall.
The plot is fairly diverting and easy to predict, but there’s still little bits of delight to be gained from it: Anjelica Huston is marvelous as Eastwood’s cardiologist, bringing her indomitably tough persona to the role with all the exceptional grace that is her habit, and Tina Lifford is fantastic as a police chief who helps Eastwood out in his unlawful investigating for old times’ sake.