A convicted killer will die at midnight, unless a disgraced reporter racing against both the clock and a gauntlet of personal entanglements can find enough evidence to stop the execution. Now, if that's not a nail-biting, edge of the seat premise, what
is? So you have to wonder how director/star Clint Eastwood managed to leach the suspense right out of it. That's not to say this sober thriller is a disaster: It's solid drama that features some very fine performances and a refreshingly unlikable hero in selfish, chain-smoking, barely reformed
booze hound and relentless womanizer Steve Everett (Eastwood). But it's damnably slow, ultimately predictable (ambiguous fina...