Cleaner is an absolute gem. It has that magical combination of compelling characters, actors at the top of their form, brisk direction, and satisfying scriptwriting. Samuel Jackson, always wonderful to watch, has rarely been better than in this role, and his character has all the ingredients: humanity, depth and quality of feeling, strong individuality, and ability to surprise the audience with admirable, even frightening, qualities and capabilities in keeping his counsel while navigating a compelling set of dilemmas. The richness of the film is amazing. There are three or four major plot <more>
lines, all of which are beautifully rendered and conceived: the loneliness of the lead character's occupation, the legacy of his complicated past as a cop, the relationship with his daughter, the relationship with his former partner in the force, played wonderfully by Ed Harris. The plot goes a little over the top in the end, but by that time you don't care. You are so involved with these wonderful characters in the end the lead character and his daughter that you are willing to go with anything to see them find their way through. And they do, in one of the finest, simplest uses of narrative voice I've seen . . . the opening in the voice of the lead character and the closing in the voice of the daughter.So . . . wonderful, magical film, wonderfully written and directed. First class. Gratitude from this viewer for a rare cinematic experience.
Better than The Covenant A lot and Mindhunters A little bit (by moviefreak2010)
Renny directed the 2006 film and it could of been a lot better. The Cleaner does deliverer it for me. Renny has been doing alright films with Mindhunters and so on but I was surprise with this film. Renny went back to the bloody R-rated style with this film and did a good job.The acting was good from Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes and Ed Harris. Ed did deliver a lot especially the ending.It had a good twist in the movie, not the best like Saw but at least interesting.I give good luck to Renny Harlin for his next film 12 rounds because it might be his comeback at the box-office, not as big like <more>
Movies are still great even though they are 6 years old. If you have ever tried watching some movies from the early 90's or 80's you would wonder why in the heck did I watch that now. But I don't think this one would ever get old or out-dated. Could had a better twist of a motive though. Other than that, its great. It starts out in a narrative from Samuel Jackson's character and then ends with his daughter in the movie. Ties up the whole movie and reason why he changed careers and the why his career change turned out for the best for him. It does change your perception of the <more>
type of cleaners there are out in our society and what sort of services cleaning provides for families.
Cleaner is a winner and worth watching twice! (by MediaGod1970)
Harlin does his job well. I agree with another post there is some similarities to other films and the twists therein but the subject matter, the beginning and ending as book-ends is a nice touch.Jackson, the daughter and Harris all give a great performance. The actress I don't feel like looking up to quote is worth mentioning her performance. Her emotions are felt quite easily in this film, as are Jackson's in his coldness and compartmentalization of everything to control his world to keep the nature of his work and his past IN PLACE.The more control he exerts, the more he feels he <more>
HAS control, which we all know is illusion and he soon discovers this for himself.The movie is well worth theater, rental, or any viewing more than once even. The major twists would've been nice but don't seem needed in yet another snippet of life film, which I like a lot and seem to be on the rise as Independent Films have started to have more and more effect on Hollywood productions.It doesn't have to tie up seamlessly, it doesn't have to be magic. It just has to represent some portion of life and this movie does that.Watch it, empathize, enjoy.
Wonderful, witty, gory and clever. (by parnasavari)
Saturday, January 16, 2010 The Cleaner 2007 What a movie to begin blogging on! This movie had it all - gore, Samuel L. Jackson,mystery, guts, dark but hilarious humour. I loved it. Twists and turns that had insight into characters, as the plot unravels with misdirections and smelly fish. The plot has just enough 'predictable bad-guy' balanced with 'he feels like a bad guy, but he'll probably be one of those bad-guys guys who turns out to be a good guy at the end'. With friends, you are guaranteed to be kept guessing and joking and arguing throughout the movie , or <more>
afterward if you can bring yourself to interrupt the special silent moments of the film that are dialogue-free and thought provoking moments into the humanity of murder. The mechanics of the murder mystery are sound, using plausible plot devices, realistic police investigatory processes, and genuine-feeling character motivations.One special addition to mention the astounding talents of actress, Keke Palmer, whose genuine emotive quality and deeply-thought characterisation made this movie even more mesmerizing than it already was. See me at: http://www.blogger.com/profile/09375370735809683206
One of Renny Harlin's best movies in a while. (by hu675)
Tom Carver Samuel L. Jackson is a former police detective, who turned crime scene cleaner. Which he cleans up the mess of people who committed suicide, accidental deaths or murder. After police are done investigate the crime. When Tom does his next clean-up of someone was murder in a high profile mansion. Then he later finds out that he was unwillingly set-up for a cover up. Which his supposedly last client Ann Norcut Eva Mendes is starting to ask questions why Tom was in her house, when no one was home. While his former partner Ed Harris tries to help Tom with the problem he's <more>
facing and while Tom's daughter Rose Keke Palmer is trying to ask her father, why her mother was murder awhile back. While the father and daughter relationship proves to be increasingly difficult, since Tom is never quite there for her.Directed by Renny Harlin Die Hard 2:Die Harder, The Covenant, Mindhunters made an stylish, interesting, sometimes very fascinating film. Harlin's latest film certain matured a lot, after making Hollywood movies they were always Hits or Misses. The visual style of the picture are the highlight. Scott Kaven's Cabin Fever, the upcoming Paul W.S. Anderson's Death Race cinematography are also good. The actors in the film gives good performances. The relationship between the father and daughter are one of the best parts in the picture. While the premise of first-time screenwriter Matthew Aldrich is somewhat original but his script could have been more complex.DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 transfer and an strong Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD includes an interesting audio commentary by the director, deleted scenes and a digital copy of the movie. This might have came straight to DVD in North America but it came out in Overseas in several European countries. Jackson, who's terrific as usual also worked with director Harlin in the underrated "The Long Kiss Goodnight" and the wildly entertaining "Deep Blue Sea". Which Jackson is also one of the producers of this feature. Luis Gusman appears in a small supporting role is always a hoot in any features he has appeared in. Robert Forster appears in a cameo as well. Fans of film noir will be modestly entertained by the movie. Certainly worth a look. Super 35. *** ½/***** .
Just checked Renny Harlin's data in IMDb and this movie which completely departs in quality and style from his previous work is NOT mentioned, can anyone correct this please? About the movie itself, great detail in photography, many small takes that help make it much more enjoyable, good music, Jackson and Harris great performers as always, although Mendez is not as convincing in her role, maybe it's that I have never perceived her as a very good actress, but if the intention was to pass her as a subtle femme fatale then I guess she's worth checking out. The girl playing <more>
Tom's daughter does not feel completely convincing as a troubled young woman, maybe this is more the director's fault than a lack of talent from the actress' part. Mr. Guzman's parts are very intense, this guy almost always steals the scene in which he appears, we have seen him grow steadily in each movie and he really delivers.
Underrated movie. It starts off with beautiful directing and an interesting story to tell, elements of humor that work well and the obvious great casting.Now I was able to figure out the ending, that wasn't so much because of the plot but rather down to the casting choice, I don't hold that against the movie though. My biggest problems with the movie were: after the first few scenes all humor disappears, which invalidates the opening scenes; during around the 3rd quarter of the film it loses its cinematography and style and becomes a bit of a made for TV detective movie.I still think <more>
the movie was good and strongly recommend it, just be prepared for the downfalls and it'll be very enjoyable.