Another Black Sheep Bandit film to review after watching it in the cinema earlier this week. Clint Eastwood directs and stars in “The Mule,” a movie based on the true story of Leo Sharp, an unlikely 90 year old drug runner for the Sinaloa Cartel.
In a similar vein to Robert Redford’s “The Old Man & The Gun” the film is a predictable heist story but with tension sustained until the end. Whilst Redford’s portrayal of an elderly bank robber has a suitably Black Sheep finale, Eastwood’s film sadly succumbs to the saccharine plot cleanup for mainstream audiences.
It’s still definitely worth a watch for the cheeky antihero vibes and a stellar soundtrack. Clint Eastwood’s direction here might not be nuanced but his performance is still vintage cool.