Eastwood directs and stars in ‘Gran Torino’

By Charles Bush
January 29, 2009

If you are looking for an intense and stunning movie experience, then look no further than Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino.” The movie will steal your attention and grab your heart for all 116 minutes. However, some people are still skeptical about the movie.

“It just looked weird. It’s not my kind of movie,” Liz Zimmer, junior marketing major, said. But don’t fall into the trap of being misled by the trailer, for “Gran Torino.”

It is a great mixture of something unique, action and morals that is sure to tug at any of the viewer’s heartstrings.

“I enjoyed it. If you like Clint Eastwood, I definitely recommend seeing it,” Andrew Ciccaroni, junior history and secondary education major, said.

“Gran Torino” named after Eastwood’s 1972 car in the film, is about Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski played by Eastwood. Kowalski is a gun toting widower living in Detroit in an Asian immigrant neighborhood that is consumed by gangs.

When Kowalski realizes that these kids have much more to their lives than the gangsters that they portray, Kowalski becomes a father figure to a few, while getting rid of the bad ones in a “violent” and “action” packed fashion.

“It is a very good story. Picture ‘Dirty Harry’ 40 years later,” Christian Hoffman, junior history and secondary education major, said.

Throughout the movie there are heavy violent scenes loaded with guns and explosions, while also having explicit language and countless racial slurs.

“I think Eastwood managed to offend every ethnic group in the world except poles, since his character is Polish in the movie,” said, Ciccaroni.

There is a great story that teaches diversity, purity in the heart, award winning acting and “a reflection of our economic problems in Detroit,” Hoffman said.

The movie never lets up with something special happening from start to finish on the screen.

“I think Eastwood should at least be nominated for an award as best actor; he was amazing,” Ciccaroni said.

So whether you like Clint Eastwood or not, you should definitely go see “Gran Torino.” If not because it is a fantastic drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time, then because at the end Eastwood actually sings a few verses in the end credits song.

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