Released 2007


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Renny Harlin
Cleaner is a 2008 suspense thriller about a man unable to escape his past. Former police officer Tom Cutler (Samuel L. Jackson) retired from the force when his wife died. He now raises their teenage daughter, Rose (Keke Palmer), as a single father and runs a cleaning service for crime scenes. After the police finish their investigation, Tom comes in and returns the area to a pristine state, a task that matches his fastidious nature. He gets called in to clean up a bloody, brutal killing at the home of Ann Norcut (Eva Mendes) in a high-end neighborhood. Ann's husband has gone missing after becoming a whistleblower about an underground scheme. After completing the assignment, Tom finds out that the police have not been called, and he has erased all the important clues. After contacting his former partner, Eddie Lorenzo (Ed Harris), realizes he has unknowingly become involved in a wider police corruption case. Renny Harlin ("Die Hard 2") directs this dramatic thriller.moreless


  • The Ultimate Movie Review! -- @tss5078

    Cleaner was a great film that would have gotten a much higher rating, if not for predictability. There are certain actors, when you see their names in the credits, you know, even before the film starts, that they are the bad guy, and that's exactly what happened here. Samuel L. Jackson stars as a former police officer, who was part of a dirty department. He knew that it would only be a matter of time before he was caught up in the corruption, so he decides to get out. Jackson decides to take on the unique, but very real profession of being a crime scene cleaner. One day, he's given a key and a job to do in an upscale neighborhood. Nothing is out of the ordinary, until the next day when he goes to get paid and discovers that the woman there has no idea what he's talking about. Now Jackson must discover who used him to cover up their crime, who was the victim, and why were they murdered? While I prefer Samuel L. Jackson in a more comedic role, he's just as good in a dramatic one. His strength has always been the ability to carry a film, no matter if it's dramatic or ridiculous. Despite being direct-to-video, Cleaner has a large supporting cast of stars that really help the film. A lot of these films tend to have newcomers backing the veteran star, and their weak performances bring down the quality of even the best written films. Here, Jackson is supported by the likes of Eva Mendes, Luis Guzman, and Ed Harris, all of whom are very believable, and all of whom help move the story along. Cleaner is intense, unique, and interesting, if you haven't seen a lot of film, you may not realize who the bad guy is, five minutes into the film, and you may be really surprised. As for me, it was like watching a movie that some amateur Netflix reviewer already ruined for me, and the suburb ending was lost.moreless

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