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In the Line of Fire [Blu-ray]
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A gripping, gut-wrenching thriller that delivers suspense in almost unbearable doses, IN THE LINE OF FIRE showcases Clint Eastwood at his finest. In a performance that won universal acclaim, Eastwoodstars as Frank Horrigan, a veteran Secret Service agent haunted by his failure to protect John F. Kennedy from assassination. Thirty years later, he gets a chance to redeem himself when a brilliant psychopath threatens to kill the current president and take Horrigan with him. Taunting him by phone and tantalizing him with clues, the assassin (John Malkovich) lures Horrigan into an electrifying battle of wits and will that only one man can survive. Co-starring Rene Russo as Horrigan's risk-taking Field Chief, IN THE LINE OF FIRE is a high-wire balancing act of searing suspense, explosive action and surprising romance.
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Wolfgang Petersen--German director of Das Boot fame--came to America and made a mint in the 90s giving us the thinking man's summer blockbuster: In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, and The Perfect Storm. He seemed to lose his magic with Troy in 2004 and hasn't made a film I want to watch again since; but in the 90s, he made gold. Although Eastwood triumphs over the brilliant assassin--played pitch perfectly by John Malkovich--(spoiler alert? gimme a break! you think Eastwood dies in the end?), the film has an oddly elegaic tone throughout and a tamped down sense of triumph at the end; for Camelot cannot be resurrected (the assassination of JFK haunts the film and Eastwood's character throughout) and Frank's individual redemption cannot reverse America's decline from the sunny heights of the new Frontier. If you like a riveting thriller with some intelligent commentary on the state of America in the 1990s, you can't go wrong with this movie.
The problem for Horrigan is that the president is up for re-election and travelling across the country making dozens of public speeches. Booth is a man of wealth and has the money to follow him around. The movie quickly becomes a cat and mouse game between the two. The interplay between them is really what makes the entire movie.
This is just 2 hours of solid entertainment. Clint Eastwood plays a Secret Service agent who was guarding JFK in Dallas the day he was shot in 1963. He didn't take a bullet for the President. It's haunted his career and his life ever since.
Fast forward 30 years and he gets sucked back into a Presidential protection detail when a rouge assassin (John Malkovich) goes insane and threatens the current president. It's all a game to Malkovich, who just wants to see if he's good enough. And he lures Eastwood into the game because he wants to go against the best.
It's a cat and mouse game with high stakes.
The acting is good.
The story is great.
It's just a good way to spend 2 hours.
Eastwood is good, as always, there is only one Clint Eastwood. I enjoyed the movie and almost all the actors. Did not enjoy Fred Dalton Thompson as he was TOO loud, too wrong, and way more unpleasant than any politician's enabler should be..which is a hard extreme to top..He does pretty good insurance commercials...
The movie was very entertaining. Enjoyed it..
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Audio : English
Subtitles : English, Hindi ... and that's all folks !
I now have 48 Clint Eastwood Films in my collection, and am looking to get 3 more, of which I have put in my basket for later!