movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] I got this because I feel I should try to watch as many IMDB Top 250 movies as I can stand.

PLOT SUMMARY: Here’s a synopsis of the whole movie.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]ā†’ Raped child grows up to become adult murder victim.

PEOPLE: Directed by Clint Eastwood. Which, for me, is generally a bad thing. I thought The Unforgiven suuuucked. With Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburn, Laura Linney (The Truman Show), Marcia Gay Harden

QUIRKS: A drama, a murder mystery, a story of revenge.

MORALS: [highlight for spoilers]ā†’ Before you go on a vigilante revenge spree, make sure you know someone’s guilt beyond any doubt. Also, don’t narc on your spouse, even if you think they are guilty. Your loyalty to your life partner should exceed your subservience to justice and the state. Love’s binds should be far greater than those of society, ethics, or morals.

GOOD STUFF: Great cast.

BAD STUFF: Depressing story.

CONCLUSION: We liked this by virtue of it being a well-done story, but for whatever reason, Clint Eastwood movies just don’t ring with me. Loss and despair is not my favorite topic. Solving murders is not my favorite movie activity. Carolyn liked this more than me, though.


Carolyn & I disagreed more than usual:

Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7.6/10 (a low 8).

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 8.0/10 (Top 250: #212), Netflix: 3.8/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 2.7/5 stars–it knows we dislike Clint Eastwood or something!!).

RECOMMENDATION: If you like Clint Eastwood movies, IMDB Top 250 movies, or movies with a bunch of great actors, check this out. If you dislike depressing murder mysteries, don’t check this out.


Jimmy Markum: I know in my soul I contributed to your death.

Sean Devine: The reality is we’re still 11 year old boys locked in a cellar imagining what our lives would have been if we’d escaped.

FRIEND’S RATINGS: Chris Y’s girlfriend Judy loved it.

Mood: annoyed
Music: Alex Skolnick Trio – Don’t Talk To Strangers