Cleaner (2007)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  18 January 2008 (Finland)
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A former cop who now earns a wage as a crime scene cleaner unknowingly participates in a cover-up at his latest job.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Lorenzo
Det. Jim Vargas
Edrick Browne ...
Det. Darrin Harris
Crying Woman
Mike Guy ...
Priest #1
Richard Folmer ...
Priest #2
James Barnes ...
Linda Leonard ...
Francine Mason


A former cop who now earns a wage as a crime scene cleaner unknowingly participates in a cover-up at his latest job.

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Solving a crime can be dirty work. See more »

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Rated R for bloody images, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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18 January 2008 (Finland)  »

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Čistač  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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Renny Harlin:  [Finland]  Finnish coat of arms and flag is seen on the mirror behind Tom when he's having conversation with Eddie in the hotel room. See more »


(At 1:06:59 - 1:07:03) The same scene where Lorenzo opens the door for Tom is shown twice. See more »


Eddie Lorenzo: A man's gonna do anything for his family.
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Referenced in In the Land of Women (2007) See more »


Written by Ed McCoyd (Spanish translation by Edwin Perez)
Performed by Mistico
Published by Ed McCoyd Music (SESAC)
Courtesy of BLAST! Music Management
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Beautiful Photography, Boring Plot and a Poor Ending
2 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cleaner is a surprisingly boring and lackluster movie beautifully photographed. The casting is superb and would seem to be a sure recipe for cinematic success--Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eve Mendes and Luis Guzman. The dialog is decent and well acted. The plot is where this movie just completely drops the ball.

The plot begins mildly unbelievably--A crime scene cleaner becomes unwittingly immersed in the cover up of a homicide--and then just snowballs downhill from there into a huge police cover-up (I don't want to "spoil" anything for any potential viewers) with an unbelievable plot twist and then ends in a thoroughly stupid and highly implausible ending.

The upside and downside is this movie is beautifully filmed and with such talent, thought and effort that the cinematography itself keeps you thinking it has to get better and it only gets worse.

I hope Ed Harris got paid a lot of money to do this film! Ed does a great job with the little he has to go with and proves what a great actor he is. Eva Mendes does a poor job playing a recent widow to murdered husband (is she angry/sad/sexy/conspiratorial/or just a gold-digger who married a sugar daddy who just got knocked off?). Luis Guzman does a solid job as usual.

I seem to enjoy the movies where Samuel L. Jackson plays a supporting role or shares the lead rather than being the sole lead e.g. Pulp Fiction, The Negotiator, A Time To Kill, etc... In Cleaner he does a reasonable job with a poor plot until the end where his acting coupled with a bad plot twist left me wondering what I could have done better with the time it took to watch Cleaner.

All in all I wish this cast and DoP would have had a better script. I would recommend that Matt Aldrich stick to acting and give up the script-writing. As I think everything was done well except for the storyline/plot aka the script. I give kudos to Renny Harlin (director) for a job well done.

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