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True Crime
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by Erik Childress

"More of a Drama Than a Thriller"
3 stars

True Crime (** ˝) - The advertising execs of Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort should also make an effort not to sell this film to the public as a thriller. Even if it was intended to be it isn’t very thrilling. What does work in the film though are its quieter scenes - the ones that don’t have much to do with the beat-the-clock premise that’s being displayed in trailers.

There are masterful scenes of acting on display during the prisoner’s final visit with his daughter and a late scene with Eastwood’s wife. These scenes stick out in what is otherwise a pretty standard (dare I say) made-for-TV movie where everything comes down to last minute revelations that appear out of left field and feel too contrived to generate any real suspense. For a better treatment of nearly the same subject matter - go rent Ron Howard’s underrated The Paper from 1994. The similarities are scary in some way but Howard’s film generated not only the suspense that True Crime doesn’t have but also gives us an idea of the inner workings of a newspaper office. My favorite scenes in Eastwood’s film are in the office of the James Woods character where we witness Clint’s version or tribute to classic newspaper comedies. It would have been more interesting to see Clint tackle a comedy than just another standard drama. Which is not to take anything away from The Man With No Name.

Eastwood has graced his skills as a director of quiet power - see A Perfect World if you doubt that. Eastwood does what he can with the material, but his screenwriters have given him no help in their adaptation of the book that this film is based on and that’s a shame - because this could have been a great film - instead of a TV film with an A-list cast.

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4/10/15 Ed Riddick Some isolated good moments--Woods/Eastwood scenes sometimes denigrate the story . 2 stars
10/01/09 Phil M. Afficiando Weak, ordinary, predictable, improbable thriller. Clint cannot save it. 2 stars
6/08/06 Peggy Doty CLINT IS GOOD 5 stars
5/19/06 mr.mike dreadful , not even a good tv-movie 2 stars
11/20/05 theresa clancy good 3 stars
3/01/05 tatum Death row drama vs. foul mouthed newspaper satire...death row wins 3 stars
6/15/04 John despite the predicatble story it's rather intense and suspenseful - feels real 4 stars
5/16/03 mr. Pink Boring, unoriginal in every way and filled with laziness. Avoid! 2 stars
4/17/03 Dr. Zinn Poor 2nd-rate television quality script. Surprised Eastwood did it. 2 stars
1/04/03 Jack Sommersby Crackerjack entertainment. Familiar but excellently executed. 4 stars
3/03/02 R.W. Welch Nothing original here, essentially a rehash of old plots. 3 stars
9/23/01 Larry Smith HOW come the "law" convicts innocent men? 4 stars
8/19/01 Dr. Thompson Only good for James Woods dirtbag boss acting 4 stars
4/10/01 Spetters Must be one of Clint´s worst movies. Lame and uninteresting. 1 stars
3/27/01 Monster W. Kung Predictable... definitely inferior to Absolute Power. 2 stars
9/03/00 doug Pretty good. 4 stars
8/24/00 Bender You've seen it all before, but still good. 4 stars
7/10/00 Elvisfan One of the stupidest movies I've seen in awhile; Washington was great, tho 2 stars
5/07/00 tank Circumvents its cliches and provides a fine character study 4 stars
4/18/00 Jed A bit sub-par at first but it get's better as it develop's 3 stars
9/24/99 KK "Speed Zoo" was the best scene in the movie. Overall it sucked. 1 stars
5/18/99 Bruce Hedge This movie is identical to one a couple of years ago-- which one??? 2 stars
5/15/99 lucas jackson The movie was great except for the fucking office politics which were fucking shitty! 3 stars
4/30/99 Lisa Loved the message, but the story was predictable. Denis Leary's character was pointless. 3 stars
4/14/99 Ah Dooey Eastwood, dammit... what the hell were you thinking? 2 stars
4/11/99 Daddy Rich Isaiah Washington is wonderful. The whole story and ending are great. 4 stars
4/07/99 agustin great storytelling to a all too familiar ending 3 stars
3/30/99 Bouchanel Not as profound as Dead Man Walking 4 stars
3/25/99 jvt Not the movie you'd expect 4 stars
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