Cleaner Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ January 31, 2013
Great cast. A crime scene cleaner gets intertwined in a cover up.
Super Reviewer
August 9, 2009
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes, Luis Guzmán, Keke Palmer, Christa Campbell, Ritchie Montgomery, Robert Forster, Peter Franzen

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: After years as a detective, Tom Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) runs a business specializing in cleaning up crime scenes. But when he realizes his latest gig at a ritzy suburban house might have been a cover-up for a homicide, he must clean up the injustice. Our hygienic hero gets far more than he bargained for in director Renny Harlin's twisty crime thriller, co-starring Ed Harris as Carver's old partner and Eva Mendes as a grieving wife.

My Thoughts: "Original, interesting, and a suspenseful murder mystery. Most films with Samuel L. Jackson you see him kicking ass and being a loud personality. In this film he is a calm single father. Quite a switch from his usual films. I really enjoyed him in the movie. I also enjoyed the story, it being something I haven't seen before. Always great when there's a new concept that works. The twist is also good in this film. I really didn't see it going the way it did. Ed Harris and Samuel L. Jackson are great together in this movie, and I would really like to see them teamed up in another film. Keke Palmer also does a great job in this movie and her character really tugs at your heart strings. It was a great character driven mystery. Worth taking a look at."
Super Reviewer
July 2, 2010
This is a pretty good thriller with an interesting and original story. The performances are solid as is the script, the only real problem is that, with so many modern thrillers, due to few lead characters (4 in this case) it's never going to be a big surprise as to 'Who dunnit'. That said, it wasn't predictable and was never boring and shouldn't be passed by as just another straight to video thriller.
Super Reviewer
July 23, 2009
Standard thriller with only one surprise or two but not much else. As soon as I saw Ed Harris come into play, I knew what was going to happen by the end. What elevates this film from terrible to just average is the performances by Samuel L. Jackson and Harris. Both are great in a pretty dull and pulse-less thriller.
Super Reviewer
½ September 7, 2007
The most enjoyable performance by Samuel L Jackson in the last few years. ?Cleaner? shows a new and interesting perspective from the crime scene and all in all was an enjoyable film with an enjoyable cast.
Super Reviewer
January 30, 2009
700th Review!

I found this film fascinating. There is no real villain and the plot is brilliant: a man who makes his living cleaning up after dead bodies becomes embroiled in a conspiracy when he realizes that he's done a job before the police were called. All the acting is stellar in this, as is the dialogue and the exchanges between characters. It must be very hard for a single writer to do, but every character has a very distinct personality and voice that comes through in even the briefest scenes. Keke Palmer was great in this, and she and Samuel Jackson create a really believable father-daughter dynamic. The direction was terrific and I even liked the gore effects. It's unusual for them to actually add to the story instead of seeming gratuitous. I really relished this film.
Super Reviewer
½ December 25, 2008
An excellent cast of previous supporting actors heads up this film about acrime scene cleaner who accidentally cleans up a crime scene that he then can't find any information on. A bit predictable as it goes along, but the acting - especially by Sam - is top-notch. Keeps you interested the whole time.
Super Reviewer
September 27, 2008
Not a bad movie, just not a very good one. Fell very flat of what it could have been. I would have expected it to have a little more to it and perhaps some flashbacks to the past as that was a story that was very under told in this. Also it was fairly short running at around 85 minutes or so - I would have expected the ending to be a little longer and tie everything up a bit more than it did. Still, I did not not enjoy this and cast are all good in it.
Super Reviewer
July 30, 2008
A reasonably good thriller with a very strong cast. Not the best story and a little predictable but fine for an evenings viewing.
Super Reviewer
June 12, 2008
Ex-police detective turned "cleaner," Sam Jackson proves once again he can make any role feel 'cool.'
This movie had a lot of promise. Decent premise, great cast (love Ed Harris and Guzman as well), but it falls apart in its transparency.
Within minutes of the open you see where this is going pretty much to the dot on the coroner's signature. This original problem could have been ameliorated had the rest of the set up not been just as clear cut. It was to the point of being linear it was all so obvious.
In addition, they do a lot of close-ups of the crime scenes and they were really fake looking. There should have been more effort here especially given that they were the focus of much of the subject matter.
Some of the dialogue was good and the acting was, of course, excellent, but the movie just lacked a lot in the way of making you look one way while going in another...the smart viewer will see it long before the lens allows in this one.
Maybe worth a watch for the performances, but not for the substance.
Super Reviewer
June 10, 2008
It was decent. Better than expected.
Super Reviewer
June 8, 2008
Very good with a very nice cast to ago along with. An extremely hygienic man uses his urge in his professional life as a crime scene cleaner. When he becomes involved in a job he later finds out was a covered up murder, he gets tied in to a web of deception, that un-earths his own family's long buried pain and secrets.
Super Reviewer
June 2, 2008
Cleaner is a solid little thriller held aloft by a talented cast and usually restrained direction from Renny Harlin. The set-up's better than payoff and this doesn't make the most of the complexities of the story and character, opting instead for a more personal, slightly predicatable scenario.
Super Reviewer
May 27, 2008
A neatly contained crime whodunit with a nifty setup and an expert lead performance from Samuel L. Jackson.
Super Reviewer
½ April 27, 2008
The plot is about a crime scene cleaner who unknowingly participates in a murder cover up. The rest of the film is focused on that crime scene cleaner trying to find out the truth. It all builds up to one climactic ending to be remembered for ages. Not.

The ending is the weakest link in this film. In fact, the whole plot is. The unfolding story was implausible and unbelievable at most. You just can't connect with the story. An aging, balding old-timer desk cop has an affair with a hot, young Latina. And that hot Latina gets pregnant with the old cop's baby. Yeah right.

The film's saving grace are the acting, cinematography and direction by Renny Harlin. Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris and even Eva Mendes were effective in their respective roles.

All in all, a forgettable semi-decent film that is more on the forte of the CSI audience. 2.5/5
Super Reviewer
½ March 31, 2011
The plot is about a crime scene cleaner who unknowingly participates in a murder cover up. The rest of the film is focused on that crime scene cleaner trying to find out the truth. It all builds up to one climactic ending to be remembered for ages.
The acting by all was excellent in this almost a good thriller.
Violence: Yes, Sex: No, Nudity: No
Super Reviewer
½ October 12, 2009
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.
Super Reviewer
May 25, 2012
Sam Jackson and Keke Palmer's performances are the best reasons to watch the film. They have a great on screen chemistry together. The film was so so. It was also predictable. I would have rather seen a film about the father daughter story than the predictable murder mystery.
Super Reviewer
September 9, 2010
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Super Reviewer
July 10, 2008
Suspenseful...mesmerizing and unimagineably realistically good... but slow. Samuel l. Jackson was good in this movie with help from Ed Harris. See this and appreciate it.
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