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The Mule (2018)


Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A New York Times magazine article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick
Director Clint Eastwood
Writers/Script Nick Schenk
Starring Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood, Dianne Wiest, Taissa Farmiga, Laurence Fishburne, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña, Andy Garcia,

Elevator Pitch: An elderly flower farmer, Earl Stone, who has neglected his family for years in favour of his business, finds himself on hard times due to a fall in demand for his bulbs, so he more or less accidentally becomes a drug carrier on the roads between Texas and Illinois. As he becomes more successful his financial situation improves. He buys back his home from the bank and gets a new truck, as well as helping out the local veteran’s community. But things are not going well in the cartel where the leader is assassinated, resulting in a change in Earl’s circumstances and meanwhile the DEA are on the case.

Content: There is just a bit of female nudity as Earl engages in a threesome at the cartel leader’s mansion. His daughter will not talk to him because he missed her wedding, but he gets to his granddaughter’s party, where he learns about the mule business. He spends time on the road, and is often stopped by the police, but blaggs his way out of every stop. He interacts with the drug gang gaining their confidence until the management changes. The DEA guys have meetings and gradually learn about the route, but they keep stopping the wrong people.

A View: This outing has been quite well liked by the critics, although some raised an eyebrow at Clint awarding himself two threesomes with well formed young women. Nevertheless it achieved 70% on Rotten Tomatoes. My wife thought it was a bit clichéd  and it was, and if I was getting picky Mr Eastwood forgot to shuffle some of the time. But it is still a perfectly worthwhile couple of hours of light entertainment, so worth the cost of a download.

A View: I keep my eyes open for interesting cars in film, which may just incidentally be leaning against the curb. The drug cartel boss has an E-Type Jag, an Austin Healey 3000 and an AC Cobra in his driveway.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


5 thoughts on “The Mule (2018)

  1. Interesting review! I guess you enjoyed the movie much more than I did. As you wrote, it’s clichéd, too much for my taste, and I found the screenplay weak. There are no good characters in the whole movie, except for the protagonist, no one has a character arc of some sort…

    By the way, I’ve put a link to your review below the one I wrote on my blog, I hope you don’t mind!

    Posted by Sam Simon | March 26, 2020, 7:33 pm
  2. No problem with a connection to a much more extensive review than mine. I have given myself a maximum number of 400 words which limits what I can say.

    Posted by Victor R Gibson | March 27, 2020, 4:08 pm


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