“THE MULE”

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Also this drama’s di­rec­tor, Clint East­wood gives him­self an­other great char­ac­ter as he plays a se­nior cit­i­zen whose per­sonal life is on the ropes. He finds sur­pris­ing re­demp­tion and fi­nan­cial suc­cess in be­com­ing a drug trans­porter – or a “mule” – for a Mex­i­can car­tel, but he still has re­grets, es­pe­cially where his long-ne­glected ex-wife and daugh­ter are con­cerned. The daugh­ter is played by East­wood’s own off­spring Ali­son, and Dianne Wi­est has some heart­break­ing mo­ments as the for­mer spouse. Ear­lier East­wood col­leagues Lau­rence Fish­burne and Bradley Cooper resur­face as DEA agents who even­tu­ally get clued into the old-timer’s ac­tiv­i­ties, but there’s no doubt that this pic­ture ul­ti­mately be­longs to East­wood him­self. DVD ex­tra: “mak­ing-of” doc­u­men­tary. ★★★ (R: AS. N, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand)

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