Directed by Clint Eastwood
Written by William Goldman, based on the novel by David Baldacci
Starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Laura Linney
My Advice: Wait and Rent It.
This film, although watchable and enjoyable, makes me wonder if Eastwood burned himself out after the masterpiece of Unforgiven. Time will tell. But regardless, this heavily-changed version of events in the original novel does deliver what is expected--a Fugitive-esque caper where Gene Hackman plays a Tommy Lee Jones that doesn't go into the field. Eastwood is easy to root for as the put-upon burglar Luther Whitney. Hackman is easy to boo and hiss at as the aforementioned antagonist. Glenn, Harris and Linney all clock in as solid as they always are, although the real fun is to watch Judy Davis as Hackman's evil stooge and E.G. Marshall as, well, an angry old man. A good rental with a few thrills.