The Rookie

Synopsis: Packing years of experience and a .45 automatic, LAPD Detective Nick Pulovki figures he’s got all the help he needs. He’s also got all the help he doesn’t need. His new partner is The Rookie.

Director/star Clint Eastwood is Pulovski. Charlie Sheen is the by the book newcomer. Each reluctantly relies on the other to stop a killer-elite gang of auto thieves. Raul Julia, Sonia Braga, Lara Flynn Boyle and Tom Skeritt co-star with “the most spectacular action sequences Eastwood has ever filmed” (Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune). A freeway becomes an 80-mph bumper car game. A barrio bar busts open like a giant pinata. The two drive through a wall to escape an exploding building… five stories up. Fasten your seat belt.

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The Rookie is a standard late ’80s/early ’90s buddy-cop movie featuring Clint Eastwood and Charlie Sheen. If you’ve seen a few, then I don’t need to describe it whatsoever. If you haven’t, then I’d suggest you keep it that way. I mean, it still works, but it’s aged terribly in light of the realism and grittiness injected in some of the more modern action films.

Still, if one is a fan of Clint Eastwood, it’s not his worst; it’s pretty par for the course, actually, and it might be worth seeing. But it’s most certainly not his best either.

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