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Clint Eastwood, America's Oscar-winning box office sensation ("Unforgiven," "Million Dollar Baby"), portrays a homicide detective who's tracking a sex killer through New Orleans' famed French Quarter. This taut, psychological suspense thriller, co-starring Genevieve Bujold ("Coma"), has proven to be not only one of Eastwood's most highly praised critical successes, but a hot box office grosser as well! The Hollywood Reporter calls it "... a gripping psychological drama... a precisely structured, intriguingly developed suspense thriller." With Dan Hedaya ("Clueless," "The First Wives Club").]]>
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Yet despite the shortcoming of the film - and they are there, believe me! - I still like the film for being yet another example of Clint subverting the audience's expectation. Throughout the 1970's and 1980's (before he gained Hollywood Legend status) an Eastwood produced movie almost always had a way of giving the audience what it wanted while still undermining the genre expectations of the form. Here you have a macho detective who finds himself unable to be a parent or even a romantic partner and must redeem himself, both emotionally and eventually physically. Sure, it is a cheap movie shot on location in New Orleans, but that is what gave Clint the freedom to explore the character. And that is why I like the picture; it is emotion over gloss, substance over action. Plus it has perhaps the best romance in a Clint movie ever, or at least a partner who appears to be his equal.