Review | The Mule

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An elderly man steps into a mire of dangers when he starts transporting drugs for a cartel.

Review 2018 by Flytrap

The Mule

Written by: Sam Dolnick, Nick Schenk

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Dianne Wiest, Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Alison Eastwood, Michael Peña, Andy Garcia
Complete cast and crew are here

Rated R
Running time:  116 Mins

When his horticultural business fails, the man who never stops moving starts moving cocaine for a drug cartel, in order to provide for his family, who he almost never visits. Things start to go downhill very quickly.

This is not really a movie about drug-running, but rather a poignant fable of a man who discovers how he mismanaged everything that was really vital to him. Eastwood paints Earl as a professional player, who wanders across the country – and across his life – while buffering himself from his family, who now mostly hate him.

This is definitely not a movie for everyone; there were a lot of seniors in the showing I attended, but that’s OK. My only issue was that Earl seemed more clueless about what he was doing than was likely. And he never seemed to wear a seat belt, while driving thousands of miles with a truck full of cocaine!

I’ll recommend this one. It is strong on drama, while rather thin on action, very different from most Eastwood movies. There are no post-credit scenes.

Flytrap rating: 7.5/10

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