“Good luck, Hemlock, on your latest assignment: the Eiger sanction.” – Dragon
Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Mar 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A retired assassin is convinced to terminate an enemy agent after a friend is killed.
My Take on it – Clint Eastwood is the kind of actor who feels believable in just about any profession.
As a retired assassin he fits the archetype quite well and it’s very easy to believe it.
Unfortunately, his new profession as an art history professor isn’t as believable.
Besides that tho, this movie is pretty solid.
The action scenes are done extremely well and the large amount of mountain climbing scenes are shot beautifully and quite believably. Some even seem extremely dangerous to perform but somehow they managed it. (Yes, I kniw a stunt man was killed while filming one scene.)
There is a relatively recent email joke going around about a beautiful female student telling her professor that she would be willing to do *anything* to pass a test and the punchline is – study.
This movie has a slight variation of that joke and it’s nice to see that the humor hasn’t changed much in forty years.
Bottom Line – Interesting premise with some amazing mountain climbing scenes and shots. Eastwood fits the part of the assassin quite well but I personally had trouble believing his new life as an art history professor. Loved how a recent email joke was relevant even forty years ago. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One climber, David Knowles was killed by a boulder on the second day of shooting. Clint Eastwood had been in the same position just minutes earlier. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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