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 »
Towards the end of the film when Tom (Samuel Jackson) rushes home after discovering that Eddie is there with Rose, Tom smashes Eddies drink which we see shatter on the kitchen cupboard. However, when the shot changes, Eddie is still holding the same glass of drink. See more »
Tell Me Something Good
Written by Stevie Wonder
Performed by Rufus and Chaka Khan
Published by EMI Music Publishing o/b/o Jobete Music Co Inc/Black Bull Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
A few years ago there was an incredible segment on NPR's "This American Life" about a cleaner of crime scenes. Shortly thereafter, Pruitt Taylor Vince played a character that felt indebted to this NPR piece on "C.S.I." ("Swap Meet"). The bringing together of science and death was perfect for the CBS show. I wasn't so sure if such a character could survive a Renny Harlin film.
Pity poor Renny Harlin. It still feels that he's trying to recover from CUTTHROAT ISLAND (1995). His last few films have been lucky to even snag a U.S. theatrical release (MINDHUNTERS wasn't one of these), much less a festival screening. So, that must mean that Harlin is back on top, right? Yes and no.
That CLEANER is playing a film festival is a vote of confidence in the Finnish filmmaker. Yet, CLEANER is a strange choice for a festival program. It's very much a straight-forward thriller along the lines of KISS THE GIRLS or U.S. MARSHALLS. The presence of Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, and Luis Guzman certainly does well to give the film some credibility and solid performances (though Eva Mendes feels completely out of her league). The script by Matthew Aldrich is a solid, albeit fairly predictable, effort and Harlin does a capable workman's job bringing it to life. I won't object to seeing this one again on cable.
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