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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Movie Review - Grand Torino


Rated: R
Run Time: 116 Minutes
Made In: 2008
Starring: Clint Eastwood and Bee Vang

A racist Korean War veteran living in a crime-ridden Detroit neighborhood is forced to confront his own lingering prejudice when a troubled Hmong teen from his neighborhood attempts to steal his prized Gran Torino. Decades after the Korean War has ended, ageing veteran Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) is still haunted by the horrors he witnessed on the battlefield. The two objects that matter most to Kowalski in life are the classic Gran Torino that represents his happier days working in a Ford assembly plant, and the M-1 rifle that saved his life countless times during combat. When Kowalski's teenage neighbor (Bee Vang) attempts to steal his Gran Torino as part of a gang initiation rite, the old man manages to catch the aspiring thief at the business end of his well-maintained semi-automatic rifle. Later, due to the pride of the Asian group, the boy is forced to return to Kowalski's house and perform an act of penance. Despite the fact that Kowalski wants nothing to do with the young troublemaker, he realizes that the quickest way out of the situation is to simply cooperate. In an effort to set the teen on the right path in life and toughen him up, the reluctant vet sets him up with an old crony who now works in construction. In the process, Kowalski discovers that the only way to lay his many painful memories to rest is to finally face his own blinding prejudice head-on.

Another movie that I loved. I love Clint Eastwood as a cowboy and he also does a grumpy old man really good too. I also think Clint Eastwood did a great job as a director of this movie. This movie was made here in the Detroit area. There is a kid from the area I live in as one of the extras. We don't know him but it was the buzz in the High School when the movie came out. I'm going to give this movie 5 stars out of 5.


3 comments:

Harmony said...

We just watched this. Loved it!!

siteseer said...

I have this in my queue... hope it comes up soon

Julie said...

Oh good to know! This was next on our list to watch. I am excited now!