True Crime Movie Review
True Crime is not an action movie, and it is not a who-done-it movie either. In television shows, like Matlock, and countless court movies, someone is always found for blame, and it is usually not the defendant. In True Crime, the real murderer is found, but the basis of the movie is not built around who did it. Pertaining closer to what real trials are like, the point is either to prove the defendant innocent or guilty, without a question or doubt. And the best thing about True Crime is that it does not take place inside the courtroom.
The murder is replayed several times by different viewpoints, and Clint Eastwood finds discrepancies in them. The discrepancies are just little things, possibly a little too little. One of Clint Eastwood's major arguments is how one of the witnesses could see the defendant holding a gun where there was a potato chip stand in the way. When he argues this point elsewhere, asking "What about the potato chips?" it sounds rather cheesy.
True Crime definitely won't win any awards, but it was enjoyable to watch. There were a lot of scenes to develop Eastwood's sleazy character, but they didn't have anything to do with the story. There were multiple scenes where the discussion was his sexual activities with various women, and so forth. Luckily, even though these scenes were completely pointless, they brought some laughs from the audience. There are a lot of funny parts in True Crime, with Eastwood's rough but comical lines hard to beat. One of the best was where he had an interview with a man in half an hour, and he also had to take his daughter to the zoo, so he put her in a stroller and played "Fast Zoo." Even in the final, climatic scene, which wasn't that climatic, there was some comedy.
Don't think True Crime is a spoof. It won't be nominated for Most Convincing Screenplay, but there were several dramatic scenes, namely between the defendant, played by Isaiah Washington, his wife, and their daughter.
True Crime is fun to watch but if someone wants to see a really captivating, realistic, and exciting piece of work, they'll have to go somewhere else.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.