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Cleaner (2007)

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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.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writer:

Matthew Aldrich
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Tom Cutler
Ed Harris ... Eddie Lorenzo
Eva Mendes ... Ann Norcut
Luis Guzmán ... Det. Jim Vargas
Keke Palmer ... Rose Cutler
Maggie Lawson ... Cherie
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Miguel
Robert Forster ... Arlo Grange
Edrick Browne Edrick Browne ... Det. Darrin Harris
Marc Macaulay ... Vic
Rosalind Rubin Rosalind Rubin ... Crying Woman
Mike Guy Mike Guy ... Priest #1
Richard Folmer Richard Folmer ... Priest #2
James Barnes James Barnes ... Lawyer
Linda Leonard Linda Leonard ... Francine Mason
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Storyline

Tom Cutler, a retired police officer now runs a company which specialises in crime scene clean up. He is assigned a clean up job post a homicide. After doing the job he discovers that he has been conned into cleaning up a crime scene and must try to unravel the mystery behind what happened in that house. Written by ColiD

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With some crimes nobody gets out clean. See more »


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

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Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2008 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Čistač See more »

Filming Locations:

Bossier City, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Renny Harlin): (Finland): Finnish coat of arms and flag is seen on the mirror behind Tom (Samuel L. Jackson) when he's having conversation with Eddie (Ed Harris) in the hotel room. See more »

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When Tom and Ann are sitting in the Church, the back of another person sitting next to them on the pew suddenly materializes. See more »

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[last lines]
Eddie Lorenzo: Who's gonna clean you up Tom?
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Features The Philadelphia Story (1940) See more »

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Getting By
Written by Cory Chisel
Performed by Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons
Published by Cory R. Chisel Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Fuse Recordings
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Beautiful Photography, Boring Plot and a Poor Ending
2 April 2008 | by ryan-1237See 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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