"Classic Redford. A great 'good guy against all odds' flick."
There was a time when Redford took himself much less seriously, and he spat out many great movies as a result. Oh, how those times are gone now. But there's always midnight network TV screenings of Brubaker to keep the dream alive.Redford is a new governor at one of the baddest prisons to have ever evolved. Well, he's not a governor at first. He's a prisoner. He checks things out from the inside, then suddenly walks into the head honcho's office and kicks out the incumbent.
Having experienced the glamour of jail life from the inside, Brubaker sets about making changes and beating down the corruption in the system, only to be hampered at every turn by those on the in and outside.
So whats so good about this film? Well, for a start, it's Redford at his best. My dad so much wanted to be this guy when I was a kid. Redford and Eastwood - they were the champeens o'the world and it was all about the way they put their balls into their roles.
The story, which has a ring of "based on a true story" about it, is intense. This film does not let you go, which is weird for a 70's flick. In fact, dare I say it? (Dare! Dare!) Brubaker is due for a remake, if only because every fantastic film of the 20th century has been rehashed lately and Brubaker has escaped this dubious fate.
It's just a damn good blokey flick. Enough drama, enough kicking the bad guys when they're down, enough humour, and plenty of big names before they got big.If you're in the mood for a bit of retro, give Brubaker a look. The ending still gives me shivers down the back.