Richard Jewell (2019) - Biography, Crime, Drama

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American security guard Richard Jewell saves thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but is vilified by journalists and the press who falsely reported that he was a terrorist.

IMDB: 7.6
Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell
Length: 131 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 13 out of 189 found boring (6.87%)

One-line Reviews (67)

The direction is taut, crisp, and engaging and the story unfolds with wonder and precision.

It's very tight, entertaining, and suspenseful.

It is intense and really interesting to the point of being powerful.

Great movie-very intense and realistic.

As for Scruggs, when the brouhaha first started up about this portrayal, before it got really intense, I did a lot of searching on this person, her life and her death, and I found sources that were people who worked with her at the newspaper.

Rockwell gives yet another robust and stunning performance as Jewell's friend and attorney.

I'm not sure if this is just the writing of the character or the over the top way she chose to perform it, but, in a movie that is all about not assuming things about Richard Jewell simply because he fits a profile, this film relies on cliche' and over the top straw-person tactics to take down a 'biased news woman' who'll do, screw, or say anything to get a front page story.

Hauser is so good at enlisting our affection despite the good-ol' boy cliché that he should be nominated.

The portrayal of the actual bombing was realistic yet suspenseful; it didn't overplay Jewell's role or make him some kind of superhero.

Hauser was compelling, not a single misstep.

Terribly boring .

Enthralling and Gripping, Brilliantly Paced, with Inspired Performances, and Casting Perfection .

Excellent telling of a riveting, modern tragedy by Clint Eastwood.

Casting, dialog, screenplay, and acting (bravo to Paul Hauser, Sam Rockwell, and Kathy Bates) combined to create a very entertaining, powerful, and nuanced story-telling, while at the same time recounting a sobering example of a self-serving, blatant abuse of power carelessly wielded by a handful of ego-driven governmental and media employees.

It's engrossing, riveting and tense.

The core events of "Richard Jewell" are arguably less dramatic than those of "Sully", if unquestionably more tragic, and thus seemingly harder to mold into a compelling film.

He is a very skilled narrator whose films are usually entertaining, engaging and emotional.

Entertaining and informative movie on how the media and law enforcement can conspire to create false narratives, trampling on the rights of the common man.

The movies pacing is very slow and the movie really could of been alittle shorter there is a lot of scenes they could of cut out of this movie to make it shorter.

A riveting movie, well worth seeing.

) Eastwood deserves a lot of credit for coming such a long way from the 2012 empty chair episode.

This is a gripping, well-written tale.

Mr. Eastwood serves his right-wing propaganda piping hot, with broad strokes of black and white and very little grey tonality in-between.

He was terrific and gave me a real sense of a man who really tried hard to follow the rule of law and be someone people could count on to protect them.

Anyone with a half a brain can spot this well-acted but flawed storytelling film for what it's trying to be, propaganda.

Sam Rockwell as Jewell's attorney was enjoyable too.

An engaging movie .

Outside of the moments from the bombing attack, Richard Jewell is mostly a drawing room drama filmed in banal, lugubrious settings with the occasional flock of abrasive reporters.

Starts off rather mundane.

Paul Walter Hauser was stunning in all phases of the entire film.

-6.8Act 2 - 6.7Act 3 - 7.3 Gives in depth look at a tragic real life event and the media circus that followsFilm shows how Richard saved lives and was seen as a hero until the narrative flipped making him out to be the bomberShows the power the media has for better or worse, for worse in this situationRichard's life was made public and was demonized for moths because of the FBI investigation being made publicGood performances all aroundRockwell is good as the lawyerBates has a few really good scenes as Richards MotherWalter Hauser gives a good performance as Richard as wellWish film touched a little more on how many people were hurt from the bombing but does show that it would have been much worse without RichardNo score in most of the film really takes away from some emotional scenes that could have been betterFilm is competently directed but nothing impressiveWould recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about this event at the 96 Olympics in AtlantaWatson Bryant and Richard calls him Radar are friends at old job 10 years before96 Richard is campus police at a college in AtlantaProblems at school with Richard and got let go from the sheriffs department, too serious about job and gets let go there tooEveryone getting ready for the olympics and Richard gets a job as security for the events watching video equipmentTom Shaw, FBI and Kathy Scruggs journalist working olympicsRichard sick night of bombing and finds the backpackRichard dealing with drunk kids and tells cops to follow protocol to keep people safe from a suspicious bag left by a bench near the concertPeople call in to police telling them there is a bomb in the parkBag turns out to be a bomb and Richard was rightRichard pushes everyone to follow protocol and saved lives because he caredRichard gets everyone out of the media towerPipe bomb went off while evacuations started, people were injuredPeople want to talk to Richard for finding the bomb, calling him a heroReal footage of Richard on TV and just dubbed his voiceAll injured cops are going to make a full recoveryFBI looking at Richard as a suspect as old dean of the school suspects him the guy who fired himFalse hero narrativeFBI made his cop friend wear a wire to get intel on himKathy the journalist seduces the info out of the FBI agent JohnKathy goes with this as the narrative instantly without corroboration and real evidence, just a men's and nasty narrative and pushes to publish the story with more liesThe mainstream media runs with this narrative after she publishes and John knows he messed up telling KathyRichard walks outside to a media frenzy that he doesn't know he is the suspect yetMother turns on the news and sees what they are now saying about her son, turned him from hero to villainDoesn't talk about the casualties and deathsFBI tried to trick Richard Jewell and he wants to contact his attorney, on to what they are doing, Watson Bryant is his attorneyFBI tries to freeze out Bryant but gets through to Richard and tells him not to say anythingMedia frenzy outside of Richards homeMedia is saying that Richard is dead to rights and close to being arrested, driving a false narrative and ruining a mans lifeNo score driving the film, feels bland in tone most of the time, no real extremesBryant knows the man Richard is and believes himBryant says world spotlight has ruined this case and making a man guilty before they have proofBryant starts his own investigation into logistics of Richard doing it and realize his is innocent for sureRichard has a ton of guns and hasn't paid his taxes in a few yearsFBI investigates and runs through the houseWhen Bryant is outside Richard gets talked into saying what the phone call was about the bomb and Bryant interrupts after the days the line a few timesRichard seems to be having some sort of heart problems as he reaches for his chest a few timesBryant wants Richard to get angry about everything and Richard knows people don't respect him and make fun of himRichard used of being treated like a second class citizen in a good sceneThey bugged Richards houseFBI realizes he couldn't have placed the call and assumes it is one of his friends who did it will RichardMom crying in bathroom is a good scene, best scene in the film, adds score and shows how scared he is for her son, Kathy did a great job along with Paul in this sceneRichard passes a lie detector testRichard and Bryant show up to the newspaper who resorted the story and demand a retraction, good scene with the reporter being reamed by Bryant and she realizes she was wrong about Richard too when she walks out the call to the bombMom talking at a press conference was good and talks about how the media has ruined their lives and made him guilty, calls for President to help Richard, another great scene from BatesReporter Kathy knows she messed upRichard gives a good speech in his interrogation about future people being scared and situations like this that could happen in the future88 days after investigation began the FBI officially let Richard know he is not a suspect, Richard wonGreat emotion on Richards face knowing he is free, let's go of everything and cries, good scene6 years later we see Richard working at a police station, a real cop and Bryant comes in and tells him they found the real bomber

That said, Mr. Eastwood has made an absorbing and effective piece of filmmaking with excellent production values and he keeps the action moving at a brisk pace.

While portions of the film were generally uninteresting, there were a couple of scenes I thought were really well put together and executed.

I'm happy to say that Richard Jewell was actually really entertaining and has a very well acted performance by Paul Walter Hauser.

I think because Eastwood tends to be slow and process focused rather than using detachment to drive introspection, I often think his films are a little longer than they need to be, spending time on scenes and facts that, in my opinion, could be removed from the movie all together.

Very enjoyable film and I recommend it.

10 for acting, zero for propaganda-filled script .

Long and boring movie.

An intriguing and frustrating film that will burn in your memory.

Boring .

It has great performances, tense moments and an intriguing true to life story.

Gripping, 1 Reporter and an overzealous G-man .

Unlike many critics and the Academy I'm not a fan of Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby or The Unforgiven all of which to my mind are overrated, but I'm on board with Clint's latest, Richard Jewell, an absorbing, moving, entertaining and thought-provoking film executed without flaw and featuring sterling performances by a superbly chosen cast.

The film gets intense around the time he is working at Centennial Park, before the event, and continues throughout the film.

The people to the left of me were on the edge of their seats, leaning forward engrossed in the very tense scenes.

Wilde, Hamm and Bates have great roles so bring to life engaging characters.

Gripping and emotional, it's truly an under the radar masterpiece crafted by Clint Eastwood.

On another note, the performances are excellent, the story line is gripping and well-developed, and there is an overall authenticity about the movie that is extremely satisfying.

Overall: This was a wonderfully entertaining film and brought to life a story I read about some twenty-three years ago.

Fantastic film with acting and great use of cinema skills, the movie will certainly be engaging to those that like biographical dramas.

Wilde was all over the place and enjoyable as Scruggs, who clearly had only one thing on her mind, fame.

Regardless, the film does the magical entertaining trick of making audiences move to the edge of their chairs even knowing he will be released from suspicion.

His psychological and mental toll from the media circus is riveting stuff.

Engaging Throughout .

Eastwood Keeps Bringing Us Compelling Stories of Real People .

Intense film with some great performances, go see it!

I have experience dealing with the Feds and found this movie incredibly compelling.

His style is often a bit more detached from the subject for my liking, which is saying a lot for a reviewer like me who enjoys his slow Bergman, Bresson, and Tarkovsky films.

I was totally immersed in his role.

The storytelling is predictable and one dimensional.

Richard Jewell is a compelling movie which asks about the government and media.

Scruggs turned the Centennial Park bombing into pulp fiction, confusing it with true crime, her predominating writing style, which came from years of being a veteran on the police beat.

Very Serious Subject That All Should See, But Immensely Entertaining As Well .

Obviously the FBI and the Media are the bad guys-maybe the Carter Page movie 20 years from now will be just as gripping.

LIKES:Decent Pace Strong Acting A Nice Blend Of Facts and Drama, mostly Great Writing and Monologues Hits From Multiple Aspects Emotional Cinematography A True Show Of FriendshipDISLIKES:A Little Slow At Parts Some Rather Blanche Tales Overdramatic At Parts Not Quite as Dramatic Or Epic Clue HuntingThe VERDICT:Eastwood knows how to direct a drama and I was very happy to find that I did not leave out here depressed as I have seen in the past.

Its shocking and riveting.

But if you add that the rest of the facts presented are all tinted of the same bias (even if those aren't lies per se), presented with embarrassing sentimentalism trying to force a perspective of every single act, clear overacting in the same direction (Wilde and Hamm), several boring segments (mostly in the first act) and the insufferable Kathy Bates, we have a super flawed movie.