True Crime

directed by Clint Eastwood
List(s):"Movie One"
Category: "Drama"
Year of Release:1999
Date Added:12/31/2014
Date Watched:09/24/2015
Description:Steve Everett (Clint Eastwood) is an alcoholic, chain-smoking, womanizing reporter. He's given the assignment of a final interview with Frank Beechum (Isaiah Washington), a death-row inmate convicted of killing a store clerk. Steve decides that Frank is innocent — but he only has 12 hours to prove it before the execution. In that time, his marriage and job come to an end, he takes his daughter to the zoo, he goes off the wagon, he investigates and interviews several people connected to the crime. In the end, with seconds to spare, Everett realizes that he saw the dead girl's necklace being worn by the mother of one of the witnesses. He races to the governor's office and with not even seconds to spare, saves Frank's life.
My Rating:4

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Review - True Crime

Ridiculous. Eastwood's character has no basis for his belief that Frank is innocent except that a potato chip rack used to be on the counter in the store where the woman was shot. This convinces him that the chief witness could not possibly have seen if Frank had a gun or not. Eastwood's character is totally unlikable, as was pretty much everyone else in the movie, and he acted like he didn't like the character himself. There were some other ridiculous bits — like a bomb squad searching the prison parking lot for a green crayon lost by Frank's daughter and a "maneuver" that Frank made in his car to evade the police which consisted of doing a donut that made the police cars skid to a stop but didn't explain why they couldn't start up again. The race to get to the governor before the execution was without drama since I had no doubt whatsoever that he would make it.
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