The Mule (2018)

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Earl Stone, a man in his eighties, is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he's just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does so well that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates.

"The Mule" is an American police procedural film directed, produced and played by Clint Eastwood, released in 2018. The movie is based upon the real story of Leo Sharp, a World War II veteran who ended up being a drug carrier for the Sinaloa Cartel in his 80s. Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a male who is drawn into an unsafe world of drug trafficking while dealing with monetary ruin.

Plot Overview
The story begins with Earl Stone, a horticulturist and Korean War veteran from Illinois who has actually fallen on difficult times. After his business ends up being another casualty of the web age, Earl finds himself separated from his household and dealing with financial mess up. He is presented with an opportunity by a complete stranger at his granddaughter's engagement party, which includes just driving and providing strange bundles-- no concerns asked.

Regardless of initial appointments, Earl accepts the task and quickly finds himself a top 'mule' (drug carrier) for a Mexican drug cartel run by Laton (played by Andy Garcia). As he shows lethargy towards what he's carrying, the cash permits him to restore his life, apologizing and bailing his granddaughter's wedding. All the while, the DEA, led by Agent Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper), is magnifying its efforts to take down the Sinaloa Cartel.

Problems and Consequences
As Earl continues to successfully transport drugs, he brings in the attention of cartel hit man Julio (Ignacio Serricchio), who grows suspicious of Earl's longevity and success. Stress exists between them, upsetting Earl. Concurrently, Bates starts digging into patterns of unidentified drug carrier and starts closing in on Earl.

Despite the looming hazards, Earl continues his work, driven by the fear of monetary insecurity and the fulfillment of attending to his household. However, he begins to have problem with the moral ramifications of his actions. Earl also tries to reconcile with his estranged household, particularly his ex-wife Mary (Dianne Wiest), whom he disregarded for many years.

Climax and Conclusion
As Bates pieces together the secret, he manages to nab Earl. The subsequent arrest is made more heartrending as it takes place when Earl was with his passing away ex-wife, to whom he managed to say a last goodbye.

In the end, Earl pleads guilty to all charges, accepting obligation for his criminal activities without providing any defense. The judge acknowledges his decorated military service but sentences him to prison nevertheless, regardless of his age and disease. Earl, however, seems to accept his fate with grace and humility, lastly devoid of the burden of his double life.

Crucial Reception
"The Mule" was typically favored by both the audience and the critics. Eastwood's efficiency as Earl Stone was roundly applauded, as was his instructions. The film also delves into intriguing styles about remorse, household, age, and the difficult options one makes. It is an emotionally charged film, highlighting the failures and redemption of a character through his unusual life choices.

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