The Mule (2018) – Review

Earl Stone (Clint Eastwood), is a man that due to financial hardship and the sheer desire of being accepted by his family and those around him, ends up working as a drug courier for the cartel, who quickly realise they are able to profit greatly from this elderly, frail man, that on first inspection poses no cause for concern for the United States law enforcement, who have designated a special team in hopes of cutting off the supply of drugs from state to state within the country.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Nick Schenk, Sam Dolnick
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne

Clint Eastwood may seem like a man who’s on-screen movie career is slowly coming to an end, but this gritty and suspenseful flick didn’t put any shame onto the eighty-eight year old’s career at all. Despite Eastwood’s character spouting (at times) some rather outdated views and opinions, there is something that claws you back into protection mode, hoping for the best outcome for the character, as he throws himself into the dangerous world of drug trade for the Mexican cartel.

To ensure the movie is that much more watchable, the men trying to track down Earl are a team made up of Laurence Fishburne, Michael Pena and more notably, Bradley Cooper. Cooper and Eastwood’s tale is very much of a cat and mouse nature, with the pair even sharing a scene in a diner, while the investigation and tracking process was in full swing. 

For most, driving across the United States with kilo after kilo of illegal substance in the trunk of your car would be a daunting and questionable task, but not for Earl, who quickly falls back into favour with his family and friends, after being extremely generous with the windfall from his fruitful new career path. 

As the movie drew to its conclusion, the filmmakers focused more on the downfall of Earl, highlighting his eventual downfall. His love and loyalty for his family outshone the loyalty (thus far) shown to the Mexican cartel and consequences for this had to be occur.

The final scene was pretty noteworthy too – but on a whole, a movie where the journey was most definitely better than the conclusion. Not the worst way to bow out, if this was the end for Mr Eastwood.

For what it’s worth, I’m sorry for everything...”

Earl Stone – The Mule

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