I had such high hopes for this going in, and maybe that's why it fell short. Clint is able to reach a certain level in this film where you may think "this is pretty good", but he's unable to rise above that and make it great. He plays it too safe. I would recommend this to see Angie's performance, however. She's pretty fantastic here, and the score is great as well, done by Eastwood himself.
Eastwood is just above being a hack director but is not close to really having any unique vision in his filmmaking. That being said, this was a pretty good watch and the last 20 minutes is handled very well but like most of Eastwood's output it just looks like anyone could have directed this "for hire".
Un Clint spesso dimenticato che ci mostra il crescente peso dei media e dell'opinione pubblica nella società americana. Una Jolie molt dimessa (quasi troppo), un Malkovic in gran forma e una delle peggiori colonne sonore di Clint come contorno ad una vicenda che richiama vagamente quella di chi volò sul nido del cucolo
The picture comes across as pretty uneven and manipulative, mostly because Eastwood has demonized the antagonists. But here, given the horrific nature of the crimes, the demonization almost seems just. The characters' anger and disgust become our own anger and disgust, and I like that in a movie.
Grandissimo film dell'immenso Eastwood, con una Jolie splendida e bravissima che lotta contro il potere soffocante di una polizia corrotta e insofferente. La storia del killer è durissima, non si risparmia su particolari macabri, né banalizza l'evidente disturbo di una mente malata e impossibile da decifrare mortificando il tutto con un finale compiuto.
Seemed flat upon first viewing; got to watch a VC-1 at 47.952000 fps and the cinematography turned brutal. A brilliant exercise in Tom Stern's ideal: very cinematic, almost theatrical, and big yet with a soft stylization that reminds me of the older Eastwood before 'Bloodwork'. (III/V)
I don't like Clint Eastwood, but - though it's not an amazing film - I think this one is maybe one of his best, maybe even HIS BEST ^_^ which still doesn't mean its an incredible film. In comparison to his most liked last film (Gran Turino), where the acting was so incredible bad, this one is well or lets say: at least 'okay' played.
When I read the synopsis of this movie I thought it would be hard to escape from the cliches. But once again (and what i admire the most in Clint's works) is that he can explore any plot in a very original way and style. Once again, Clint deserves the applause.