The Rookie (1990)
The Rookie marked Clint Eastwood's final appearance as his classic tough guy cop persona (not counting A Perfect World), and with good reason. The 60-year-old limps his way through this antiquated picture, which despite being made in the 1990s is like stolen from a 1970s catalogue in everything from aesthetic and characters to the crash-and-burn-based action sequences. And no, it's not because Eastwood (the director) aims for some kind of throwback with any sort of ironic distance. Even if that final scene admittedly gives his retired cop persona a somewhat graceful exodus. That's at least some self-awareness on Eastwood's part. But the same cannot be said of his directing here, which is about as clumsy as the screenplay by Scott Spiegel and Boaz Yakin. The casting of Raul Julia and Sonia Braga as the sadistic antagonist couple is... bizarre at best. Somewhat remarkably, Charlie Sheen is the best thing about this picture. Also with Tom Skerritt and Lara Flynn Boyle in interesting but underdeveloped bit parts.