An ex-policeman, who now works as cleaner at crime scenes, finds himself removing evidence at his latest job, thus becoming involved labyrinthine plot and the investigating officers' number one suspect.
"Cleaner" is a polished little gem of a b-movie noir thriller and a surprise entry on the cv of director Renny Harlin who steps away from the slam bang action world to focus on a more character driven low key thriller.
Working with a small cast of characters (all played to the hilt by a top notch bunch of faces) and keeping the story tight as a drum (not one of the 86 minutes of the running time are wasted) Harlin shows that there is more to him than blowing stuff up... Ok so the ending is a little too Hollywood but that to me is just a minor quibble.
The bad news is that the dvd don't do the film justice on the presentation front, surely the commentry from the American disc could have been ported over and why is the film presented in 1.85:1 widescreen when it was shot in 2.40:1???
Ahh well at least the film makes up for these small glitches!
Excellent movie in my opinion any movie with Samuel l Jackson cannot fail with a great supporting cast and an even better storyline that had me intrigued good-cop bad-cop (Harris & Guzman) blue collar civilian (Jackson ) rich housewife (Mendes) embroiled in a web of deceit loyalty treachery playing each other off one another to the climatic twists and turns don't miss
The film itself is pretty entertaining, 3 stars seems about right.
This review is about the Blu-ray version which is cropped from the original 2.35:1 to fill the 16:9 screen. I compared it to a (non-UK) dvd in the proper ratio and the BD image is not "open matte" either, just chopped off at the sides.
Hope this helps people who care about such things :-)
Samuel L Jackson stars as Tom Cutler, who seems to have OCD, the constant cleaning of his hands, the tidiness in the office and his tools all placed in order he wants them. He's a cleaner, not the usual type who comes round a Tuesday afternoon for a few hours, but the type who goes to places where someone died, or committed suicide and cleans up. As he explains most people don't know they have to clear up the mess, so that's when he steps in.
When he has to clean up a mansion - things get rather tricky, he finds himself entangled in a web of deceit, lies, backstabbing and even infidelity. He has a past himself too, he has to fight that, or at least deal with it, which makes life hard for Tom. His old partner (Ed Harris, Buffalo Soldiers ) is not help either, and gets rather irate with him. The film is rather climatic at the end, with a big stand off which ends rather surprisingly.
This is an average movie, but Samuel L Jackson and Ed Harris pull it off well, and even a nice role from Luis Guzmán (Runaway Jury , Anger Management ), but otherwise I felt it was too short and at times the plot really was weak. Otherwise this is a great movie if you have little time (1hr 28) and is a good movie.
The presentation wasn't bad, good sound and picture, but was very disappointed with the lack of extras - maybe it's my rental copy I rented, but there's nothing here except subtitles for the hard of hearing, which is a good idea, but they could have really put a lot more here. The quality of the picture could have been better with such little extras - really disappointing.
This was a good film at the cinema, but to pay the price of a DVD for as much as you'd get in a cinema is a bit of an insult.