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Richard Jewell (2019)

Director:
Clint Eastwood

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Biographical drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Richard Jewell

RUNNING TIME
129 minutes

Producer:
Tim Moore
Jessica Meier
Kevin Misher
Leonardo DiCaprio
Jennifer Davisson
Jonah Hill
Clint Eastwood

Screenwriter:
Billy Ray


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Richard "Radar" Jewell Paul Walter Hauser
Attorney Watson Bryant Sam Rockwell
Barbara "Bobi" Jewell Kathy Bates
FBI Agent Tom Shaw Jon Hamm
Kathy Scruggs Olivia Wilde
Nadya Nina Arianda -
FBI Agent Dan Bennet Ian Gomez -

 

Review

At the heart of this effective character portrait of a simple security guard who ended up as FBI's primary suspect of a terrorist bombing he helped limit the consequences of during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta is a superb lead performance by Paul Walter Hauser. And if you don't know that much about the case beforehand, Clint Eastwood's economical, tight direction also helps create a tension reminiscent of 1970s era thrillers (Play Misty for Me springs to mind from time to time). Particularly the first part of the film is taut with its slowly looming atmosphere. And then the latter part gives us the always wonderful Sam Rockwell in full glow. He is one of those actors who can be showy without compromising authenticity. As Rockwell becomes our shield against the arrogance of power and the media on the one hand and Richard Jewell's apparent gullibility on the other, Eastwood guides us effectively through this remarkable, poignant story. Kathy Bates received her third Academy Award Best Supporting Actress nomination for her empathetic performance as Jewell's mother.

Copyright 06.01.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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