Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1999. Warner Bros., The Zanuck Company, Malpaso Productions. Screenplay by Larry Gross, Paul Brickman, Stephen Schiff, based on the novel by Andrew Klavan. Cinematography by Jack N. Green. Produced by Clint Eastwood, Lini Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck. Music by Lennie Niehaus. Production Design by Henry Bumstead. Costume Design by Deborah Hopper. Film Editing by Joel Cox.
For every fresh and original thriller like Memento that comes along, there are a dozen routine ones like True Crime. Clint Eastwood directs and stars as a womanizing reporter who is assigned to interview a death-row inmate (Isaiah Washington) on the morning of his execution. The condemned man’s personal testimony coupled with some other findings tell Eastwood that an innocent man is about to be put to death, and he only has hours to prove it. There are some genuine white knuckle moments, but once it’s all over you won’t feel much satisfaction. The best scenes come from Eastwood’s confrontations with a very lively James Woods, who gives the film a lot of wonderful energy. Eastwood himself is far too old for the protagonist, especially when we have to watch him having sex with a million different women while patient (and suspiciously young) wife Diane Venora suffers at home.