The Mule

Overall Rating: 6 out of 10 Based on 1 Review

Broke, alone and facing foreclosure on his business, 90-year-old horticulturist Earl Stone takes a job as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. His immediate success leads to easy money and a larger shipment that soon draws the attention of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. When Earl's past mistakes start to weigh heavily on his conscience, he must decide whether to right those wrongs before law enforcement and cartel thugs catch up to him.

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  • Review MVP rated this 6 out of 10

    Written on 31 January 2019 Member since 9 May 2011

    Performance by Clint Eastwood.

    A fun story that has you on the edge of your seat wondering if he will get away with each delivery.


    A few quick cringe worthy moments for Clint’s character.


    Based on a true story, Clint Eastwood plays Earl Stone, a guy that has pushed most of his family away to only care for his love of flowers. After coming into money trouble he is offered a job to ‘just drive’ from one point to another. Seems easy enough to do for a one-time thing. That is until more things keep coming to his attention that need to be fixed by more money.

    On each trip the tension continues to build as if you were travelling with him and wondering if he will get caught. On his tail is DEA special agent Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper) who is under pressure to get arrests and prove himself in his new position. When the groups that Earl is driving for falls under new management, Earl has some tough decisions to make with his life not as easy as it once was. Will he be able to get out in time or work under the new system?

    There are some funny moments throughout with the innocent Earl not taking crap from anyone through to the touching moments of him trying to make up for lost time with his family including his daughter whom is played by his real life daughter Alison Eastwood. There a couple of cringe worthy moments showing his old way of thinking, but luckily it moves on quickly. Clint does well to show the frailty of age even though he is in that range currently, it is hard to not think of him as a tough old bastard that doesn’t take anything from anyone. It is an interesting journey for his character through the movie and definitely makes you wonder how close it is to the true story.

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