When you think of Hollywood legends no one stands taller than Clint Eastwood. For more than seven decades Eastwood has been applying his craft up on the big screen and he steps back in front of the camera for a moving turn in true-life crime tale The Mule.
Earl Stone (Clint Eastwood), a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well—so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn’t the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper). And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him.
A brand new featurette takes audiences inside the world of The Mule and it is clear that Eastwood has once again put everything towards this new film, and the results are damn impressive. In addition to his try anything style, it’s also clear that all those working around the great director including Bradley Cooper, Michael Pena, Lawrence Fishburne and Andy Garcia are enamored by his presence, vision and work ethic.
This true-life tale looks to be a very moving portrait of things lost and how change invariably takes everything from us. But while there’s a certain sadness to the film, it also carries a real sense of hope at how one man still finds a way to do good, even though he may be doing bad to provide for it.
For long time cinema fans, The Mule is going to be a must watch film when it arrives in cinemas on January 24.