Wednesday, May 12, 2010

592 - In the Line of Fire review



A lean, exciting thriller, without the “lean.” Yeah, what does that mean? If you stripped away the flab, this would be ruthlessly efficient. John Malkovich makes such an impeccable villain for Clint Eastwood that one must wonder how he hasn’t actually received more roles like that. Their rapport is blisteringly intense in that fun mainstream Freudian sense, a psychological war of tough professionals. But lengthy interludes in the favor of insufferable 1990’s action film nonsense (Clint bangs Renee Russo, every agent yells “Freeze!” in that context that invites the bad guy to pop them between the eyes) ensures that this can’t be an easygoing fave. Too bad, because Clint and John kill, pun not intended.

3 out of 5

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