This is a promising film, with a high calibre cast following an acclaimed story. However, it has a fascinating opening half-hour, introducing all the key players and setting up the scene very well, but after that it plays as a very slow and steady cat-and-mouse game as Whitney must convince both Kate and Frank of his innocence and guide them to the truth, whilst evading the might of the Secret Service as they try to cover up their tracks.
It’s got Eastwood’s trademark direction over it, with long sweeping panoramic shots and using the city as a supporting character, with great cinematography. All the actors play their part perfectly, and it’s refreshing to see an older cast deliver such finely crafted performances rather than young, upcoming stars.
It’s not an action film, bar a few sequences to liven up the pace of things, but more driven by interesting characters and a countdown as to who will discover the truth first. It just never really picks up pace, and even the conclusion is very tame and delivered with litter urgency. If you’re not into political thrillers, you may find this slightly boring, as it’s not one of Eastwood’s best films, but it’s a solid effort on the basis of a memorable narrative.