Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The Eiger Sanction. B
'The Eiger Sanction' is an entertaining, albeit confusing movie. It's not the sort of confusion where you can't tell what's going on. It's just that the details, which there are plenty of, are presented in a muddy, unfocused way. The story came across more muddled than smooth, which isn't anything an action movie should boast over. And in my mind there was also too much complication in the story towards the end when it should have been focusing just on the action. This another one of those Clint Eastwood movies that you've probably never heard of when you take a look at all the movies he's made (that's unless you're an ardent fan). It's about an assassin (Eastwood) who's called on for one final mission: to kill a man who will be climbing the most dangerous mountain in the Swiss alps. It's a risky move on Eastwood's part. And I mean that both ways. For his character of course it's unsafe. He tells us he's attempted to climb the mountain twice and failed on each occasion. For Eastwood, it's probably one of the most hazardous roles he ever took. Eastwood's always been one to perform his own stunts, so it doesn't come as a great surprise that he chose to put on the harness in the climactic mountain sequence. But there is no denying the danger involved. In fact, according to the production notes, one of the crew members fell to his death during the production of the film. 'The Eiger Sanction' is well made and it does a nice job of capturing the mountain with extensive overhead shots. The movie also greatly benefits from John Williams' score. While it's not comparable to the composer's greatest music, the epic quality of it is undeniable. And due to the setting of the movie, it fits perfectly. The usual slow, odd soundtracks in Eastwood's 70s action movies definitely wouldn't have fit here. There's not much point in mentioning Eastwood himself. He's great as always, but, as always, he's playing the same character he usually does.