The Mule


2018

The Mule (2018)

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Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he's just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well -- so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn't the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl's past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it's uncertain if he'll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel's enforcers, catch up to him.

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Laurence Fishburne
as DEA Special Agent
Michael Peña
as Enforcer
Ignacio Serricchio
as Cartel Handler
Loren Dean
as DEA Agent Brown
Ashani Roberts
as Pretty Nurse
Devon Ogden
as Pretty Woman
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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9)

A modest but reasonably suspenseful and abidingly eerie portrait of the aged white American male trying vainly to forestall rejection and irrelevance.

December 12, 2018 | Full Review…

By the end of the boring, racist melodrama that is "The Mule," thinking twice doesn't even seem worth the effort.

December 12, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Eastwood probably just knows that Earl's story is a great one and that he's just the man to tell it. He happens to be right on both counts.

December 12, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This isn't the role that will earn Eastwood a legion of new fans, but it's almost sure to delight those who appreciate him already.

December 12, 2018 | Full Review…

It finds Eastwood performing (both as actor and director) in two of his most comfortable modes: ambling low-key pulp and quiet regretful elegy.

December 12, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Another mostly solid notch in a career built on making many of life's notches feel like scars.

December 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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