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Gran Torino (2009)


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4 out of 10 Nice Balance
Liam from Kilkenny, 19 Mar 2010
This is a good movie looking as it does at typical hick Americal bigotry and its root cause but easily overturned by a few home truths. I lked especially how one American's (Clint Eastwood's) character seemed to speak for so many of Americans today, confused as they are about what they stand for particularly when faced with the world outside kick-ass American solutions in dealing with other nations and how they should maybe think again. A really good film within an all-tto-often hackneyed genre.
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4.5 out of 10 Wow....
Hugh from Cork, 26 Sep 2009
Have to say I am *totally* moved...and so was my nine year old son who cried at the end...very moving, beautiful and moving... It's a real good 'ol down-to-earth *watchable* movie...the kind that doesn't lose you in ridiculous layer-upon-layer of espionage...nor does it contain gratuitous amounts of mind numbing special effects... It hearkens back to the years when special effects, espionage, action and violence weren't needed to hold, grip and move an audience - just damn fine human interest
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0.5 out of 10 Ham fest!
Cathy from Kildare, 09 Sep 2009
No where near as good as I was expecting - no one does grumpy like Clint, but he hams it up so much it's like a bad Jack Palance in City Slickers impression. His character 'evolution' is more of an unbidden complete 180 - his sudden dropping of a lifetimes bigotry to become the saviour of the Hmong teens next door is trite and completely unbelievable. If it wasn't Clint, it would have been panned.
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4.5 out of 10 Excellent Film
Claire from Donegal, 17 Aug 2011
A bit slow to start but after about 20 mins the film gets going. Not a huge fan of Eastwood due to his voice, but he was brilliant in this film. He's the cranky old neighbour that everyone loves to hate! Sometimes predicable but overall a very good film when all there seems to be out lately are films with loads of effects and no proper story line. A must see film.
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3.5 out of 10 Mr Gravel builds up slow
Brock from Limerick, 16 Jun 2010
Pity there was no subtitle for this one because I actually struggled to hear what Clint was saying at varous moments! We're asked to believe that his character has virtually no relationship with his entire family in his whole life, but develops one pretty much over night with a troublesome nextdoor neighbour? That said, this builds very evenly to a tense finish
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What's it about....
Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed veteran living in a changing world, who is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his own long-held prejudices. The people he once called his neighbors have all moved or passed away, replaced by Hmong immigrants, from Southeast Asia, he despises. Resentful of virtually everything and everyone he sees, Walt is just waiting out the rest of his life, until the night his teenage neighbor Thao tries to steal his prized '72 Gran Torino, under...

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