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干净的” accomplishes more when it tries to do less: when it followsAdrien Brody’s tormented character around as he quietly goes about the daily business of atoning for his sins. Brody conveys so much emotion and regret simply through his screen presence, though his haunted eyes and steady gait. But then the narration kicks in, needlessly explaining what he’s thinking all the time.

This small film was clearly a labor of love for the Oscar winner, who also serves as producer, co-writer, and composer. Why he would lend his considerable clout to this clichéd story told in overwrought fashion remains a mystery, but his ability is never in doubt. Reteaming with director and co-writerPaul Solet(“子弹头”),布罗迪(Brody)饰演讽刺的名字清洁。他是一位垃圾收藏家,他过夜,从纽约尤蒂卡(Utica)的工业,雪地街道上捡起垃圾,并以重复性,笨拙的音调铺设了他的世界观。

“I’m still lookin’ for answers,” he explains in a raspy, opening voiceover. “I just don’t know the questions anymore.” He also complains about the “endless onslaught of ugliness” he sees all around him, which is more than a little reminiscent of Travis Bickle’s screeds against the decay of society. “No matter how hard I try, I can’t wash away the past,” he says eventually, just in case we weren’t clear as to the story “Clean” aims to tell.

But watching him try to do just that is far more compelling than hearing him talk about it.Clean is good with his hands, and we see him go through the methodical process of gathering salvageable items, fixing them in his spartan apartment, and selling them to the local pawn shop, where RZA brings a welcome feeling of warmth amid the bleakness as its业主。Mykelti Williamsonalso has a few nice moments as a barber who serves as Clean’s sponsor. (His recovery from drug addiction gives the film’s title yet another meaning.) Clean seems to know everyone in the neighborhood and secretly does good deeds for them, like painting over graffiti or fixing the exterior of a dilapidated house.

There’s a much more intriguing story here in the simple series of kindnesses that pave the road toward his salvation, but Solet and Brody are more inclined toward the exploitative shock of gory, B-movie thrills. Among the people he looks out for is Dianda (Chandler DuPont), a sweet teenager living with her grandmother. She clearly reminds him of the young daughter he lost, a tragedy “Clean” alludes to in brisk, overly stylized flashbacks. (We finally learn what happened toward her at the end, but it seems so ridiculously impossible, it drains the event of its intended dramatic punch.) When he savagely protects Dianda from being gang raped by a group of local toughs, one of the kids he beats up with his trusty wrench happens to be the son of the city’s drug kingpin (格伦·弗雷什勒(Glenn Fleshler))。Bashing in the face of the young ex-con, Mikey (Richie Merritt), stirs the vengeful ire of this volatile crime boss, who uses an unassuming fish market as the front for his operation but will beat a guy to a pulp on the sidewalk in broad daylight for shorting him.

因此,这两个暴力的男人发现自己彼此碰撞,庞大的身体数量累积在他们的尾声中。但是,对于这些动作序列的编排或执行,没有什么特别的启发。它们既快速又脏,尽管具有引人注目的生动声音设计。Clean具有像John Wick一样的质量,他能够用简单的拾音器或他发现的其他任何东西犁过无数的傻瓜,而整个善良的双手生意再次发挥了作用兵工厂。

Again, merely watching Brody engaging in such painstaking work is interesting; the generic bloodbath that ensues, less so.



Christy Lemire is a longtime film critic who has written for Roger兴发 since 2013. Before that, she was the film critic for The Associated Press for nearly 15 years and co-hosted the public television series "Ebert Presents At the Movies" opposite Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, with Roger Ebert serving as managing editor. Read her answers to our Movie Love Questionnaire这里


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Clean (2022)

Rated NR

93 minutes