True Crime (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1999, , .  Screenplay by , , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

For every fresh and original thriller like Memento that comes along, there are a dozen routine ones like True Crime. directs and stars as a womanizing reporter who is assigned to interview a death-row inmate () 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 , 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 suffers at home.

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