The Mule Movie Review

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The Mule Movie Review

Rachel Jarvis, Contributor

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“The Mule” is classified as a drama, mystery, crime, and thriller. Not only was the movie directed and produced by Eastwood he also starred in it playing as the main character, Earl Stone.

The basic summary of the movie was based on an article posted by The New York Times Magazine, “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule.” In the article, it talks about a ninety-year-old drug mule working for the Sinaloa cartel, led by Joaquín Guzmán. According to the article he drove by himself and he avoided detection for nearly a decade. When they caught Leo Sharp, he swerved so badly due to the roadblock officials say they thought he was going to take the front of a near-by semi-truck completely off. He sped down the Exit 97 to escape the cops. The cops found his car stopped outside in a hotel parking lot across from a Steak ‘n Shake. They said after a couple of hours, he pulled out of the hotel, ordered himself a meal, and the pursuit continued.  He was finally caught by  State Trooper Craig Ziecina, he pulled him over for a seemingly regular routine traffic check so he did not catch anything out of the ordinary and run.  In the back of his truck, they found piles of old clothes, food wrappers and with that five duffel bags filled with 104 kilos of cocaine. Leo Sharp, or Tata as he was called, was taken into prison

The movie was based on this article and kept relatively to the script of the article. “Fiction filled in the spaces where journalism could not go.”(The New York Times). The reporter who wrote the original article The Mule has definitely agreed that there are some places a journal piece cannot go. There are places of research that reach dead ends and there are emotions and thoughts that can only be remembered at the moment. There are places where the imagination needs to come in to play.  “But “The Mule” is Mr. Schenk’s and Mr. Eastwood’s story. It goes well beyond the limits of my reporter’s notebook, as it should.” (The New York Times).

The overall movie only took a few months to create and direct. Most movies take around two years to create, direct, and perfect. But this movie was created in 2018 and put into theaters in 2018. It was even nominated in award shows that judge all of the movies over the course of that year. It is definitely on a ‘have to watch’ list. It was action-packed and filled with suspense. The movie rated a sixty-six percent on Rotten Tomatoes. 

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7959026/criticreviews

https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/12/14/18139403/mule-review-clint-eastwood-cartel

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_mule_2018/

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-mule-2018

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-mule-2018

 

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