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The Rookie (1990)

Director:
Clint Eastwood
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Crime/Action
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Rekrutten
RUNNING TIME
120 minutes
Producer:
Howard G. Kazanjian
Steven Siebert
David Valdes
Screenwriter:
Scott Spiegel
Boaz Yakin


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Detective Nick Pulovski Clint Eastwood ½
Detective David Ackerman Charlie Sheen ½
Hans Strom Raul Julia ½
Liesl Strom Sônia Braga ½
Eugene Ackerman Tom Skerritt ½
Sarah Ackerman Lara Flynn Boyle ½
Lieutenant Raymond Garcia Pepe Serna -
'Loco' Martinez Marco Rodriguez -
Ken Blackwell Xander Berkeley -

 

Review

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.

Copyright © 24.05.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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