Fails to connect. Pacing is sluggish, set-pieces lack confidence & plot falls apart under scrutiny. If there's interest to be had it's in the heft of the film's rich thematic subtext; the air of political corruption & the disillusionment with modern justice exploiting those without power capture the (pre-Clinton scandal) zeitgeist. Early scenes establish a theme of voyeurism & objectification, but this goes nowhere.
Entertaining but ultimately frivolous. It has one of those "sum-up-in-4-sentences-in-an-elevator" plots, which I despise. So in that spirit, the plot summed up in the immortal words of Tech N9ne: "Power the evil way is power the people say / Rebel yellin' with felons and my pockets are swellin' / This beats from Berlin Germany throwin' up Mizzizzy / So ain't no other city concerning me."
Story idea is great & Eastwood's trademark visual clarity is present, but the nuts & bolts that hold genre films together are missing. Pacing is sluggish & hiccup-y; suspenseful moments are clumsily padded; a fumbled line reading is left in, grindhouse-style; an easily fixable plot hole is left to stand; & the storytelling and editing fall flat at most attempts to sketch character development. Lazy, flaccid & inept.
Grossa delusione. Una buona idea di partenza ed un ottimo cast non sono stati supportati da una sceneggiatura debolissima ( dopo 30 secondi lo scoprono e il ruolo della figlia è incomprensibile); ci sono molte scene forzate con un montaggio che non contribuisce ad un fluido svolgersi degli eventi. La tensione è zero ed il finale è imbarazzante. Una stecca nella fantastica carriera di Mr Eastwood.
A rare misstep from Eastwood, all the more surprising with such stellar talent as Gene Hackman, Ed Harris Laura Linny, Eastwood himself and a script by William Goldman. Despite engaging performances, the script is a mess with plot holes abound and zero tension in this supposed political thriller. Hackman (a personal favorite) is sadly miscast. 3/10