"Clint Eastwood should NOT have a 22 year old girlfriend."
Forget about an innocent man facing the death penalty - Clint gettin' it on with someone less than 100 is the real frightening concept.I can appreciate the fact that Clint Eastwood has been doing his own thing in Hollywood for a while now, and has managed to make some excellent movies over his 30-year career. He even won Best Director at one point. But he, along with Warren Beatty, Robert Redford and Michael Douglas, need to learn a very important lesson:
NOBODY WANTS TO SEE YOU GETTING LAID ANYMORE. YOU'RE OLD AND UGLY.
So, Clint's this reporter, and he has a history of "causin' a ruckus" with his crusading ways. He also drinks like a Kennedy and screws hot chicks. He's a right ornery fella. But James Woods, his editor for some unknown reason, gives Clint a story about a guy on death row. And Clint goes to visit him, all cool and detached, and he makes a shocking discovery:
The man is innocent. I think.
Well, it doesn't matter much, Clint gets it in his wrinkly ol' head that the guy didn't kill anybody, so he sets out to prove that this guy is innocent. He does this by getting witnesses to admit that they lied. Clint turns out to be the most brilliant cross-examiner in the universe. He says "Did you see him shoot the gun?" And the witness says "Yes. And here are several pictures I took of him shooting the gun". And Clint says "Are you sure?" To which the witness replies "No. I was lying all along." And Clint says "Aha!" Then he grabs his walker and trots outta there, to extract more confessions from the lying scum who set out to destroy this innocent man's life. But time is running out! And the innocent guy has a loving family! And a dog! And he's holding the winning lottery ticket! And Murtaugh is only 2 days away from retirement!
As you can see, this plot is older than Clint. It has been done so many times before, and so much better, that it's kind of sad to watch Clint trying to pull something interesting out of such a tired plot. You have to give the guy points for the effort. But, in the end, the audience knows what's going to happen from the first frame until the last, and Clint does nothing to surprise us. Except for that nude scene of his. Gah, my eyes are burning!So very tired. Go rent "Play Misty for Me" to see how the old guy used to do it.