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Clint Goes Rogue!
on 7 August 2014
A classic Clint Eastwood action adventure, with a very simple plot with a good excuse for explosive action sequences one after the other. This is a decent story, of two conflicting personalities slowly appreciating and caring for each other in the midst of trying to survive attempts on their life. But Eastwood makes sure we know his character is a rough-around-the-edges type, with his opening scenes filled with plenty of tough talking, face slapping and alcohol drinking. He’s not a bad guy, just a little out of sorts.
Locke is wonderful as the feisty Mally, her second of six films alongside her then lover Eastwood. Here he gives as good as she gets and is a joy to watch, always playing a tough yet fragile female role against the misogynistic Eastwood alpha-male.
Lots of attention goes to the action sequences, domino falling from one to the next as the two make their way back to Pheonix to testify against a corrupt police chief. From blazing shootouts, dangerous car chases and helicopter assaults, each sequence is full of great choreography and stunt work, making this one of Eastwood’s most explosive action films to satisfy his fans.
It’s memorable enough to be enjoyed, with basic characters and a basic story getting you though 110 minutes of fun, frantic and foul-mouthed Clint nostalgia.