FIRST LOOK: Richard Jewell

Clint Eastwood. Mostly an actor before, now mostly director. I like a lot of his work either way.

If Eastwood’s name is attached to a movie — any movie, any genre — I’m there. You have those actors and directors on your must watch list, too, right? We all do. He’s mine.

So, with no surprise I’m excited to see Richard Jewell opening wide in a week. I made the fatal SPOILER mistake of researching too much into this movie in that a key plot point ruined for me. I won’t do the same for anybody reading this.

Here’s the official trailer:

For well over a month this has been running heavily in theater previews

I vaguely remembered the name Richard Jewell as associated with a bombing on the east coast. Upon reading the movie info, the memory refreshed:

Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on true events, “Richard Jewell” is a story of what happens when what is reported as fact obscures the truth. “There is a bomb in Centennial Park. You have thirty minutes.” The world is first introduced to Richard Jewell as the security guard who reports finding the device at the 1996 Atlanta bombing-his report making him a hero whose swift actions save countless lives. But within days, the law enforcement wannabe becomes the FBI’s number one suspect, vilified by press and public alike, his life ripped apart. Reaching out to independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant, Jewell staunchly professes his innocence. But Bryant finds he is out of his depth as he fights the combined powers of the FBI, GBI and APD to clear his client’s name, while keeping Richard from trusting the very people trying to destroy him.

Richard Jewell movie info at Rotten Tomatoes

This has the potential to be a real nail-biter. Are you planning to see this in the theater?

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