Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde
Clint Eastwood directs the biographical drama based on the true story of Richard Jewell, wrongly accused by the FBI of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing. Hapless security guard Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser) finds a bomb during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and alerts authorities to evacuate, only to later be wrongly accused of having placed the device himself. From hero to villian, the ‘wanna-be’ police officer’s fate seems inevitable until he is reluctantly defended by the laconic lawyer, Watson Bryant (Sam Rockwell). Based only on circumstantial evidence and illicit leaks to the press, the story quickly becomes of international interest. Keen to cover his tail, FBI agent Tom Shaw (Jon Hamm) ignores clear evidence of Jewell’s innocence to pursue relentless inquiries. At 2 hours 11 minutes, it is overlong in the telling, but none the less a compelling movie well worth seeing. Outstanding performance by Kathy Bates as Richard’s long-suffering mother, (Bobi).