When his business goes under, retired veteran and experienced horticulturist Earl Stone (Clint Eastwood) becomes a mule for a cartel. Moving high-value goods, Earl keeps his cool and doesn’t get caught. Parallel to this story, we watch Earl become slowly re-aquainted with his estranged family.
Newly appointed Special Agent Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper) is tasked with bringing the guilty to book. Catching Earl becomes his prime concern. When he forgets his anniversary for the first time, Colin is warned to set his priorities straight.
The Mule is based on the true story of the late Leo Sharp, a war veteran, world-renowned horticulturist, and drug courier for a branch of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel.
I can’t say that I’ve watched many Clint Eastwood films, but I can say that I’ve really enjoyed this one. Being an old person himself, 88-year-old Eastwood plays a fantastic old person. This may sound strange, but it’s true. His happy-go-lucky nature, wit, no-filter comments and sense of humour, make Earl endearing despite the fact that he’s a criminal. I even rooted for him to not get caught. True story.
The character’s (lack of) relationship with his family is heart-breaking and frustrating, brought on by nobody but himself. It’s an all too familiar situation, but this part of the story really adds meat to the film.
Other familiar faces include (as already mentioned) Bradley Cooper, tasked with catching the mule; Michael Peña, his number one; Laurence Fishburne, his boss; Dianne Wiest, Earl’s ex-wife; and Andy Garcia (the cartel boss).
The relatable storyline, suspense and Eastwood’s acting makes The Mule worth the watch.
If you haven’t seen it yet, click here to see the trailer.