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Clean Movie Review: Adrien Brody Is A Fantastically Fun Action Star

Clean is a dark and gritty action movie that stars Adrien Brody and is sure to surprise viewers with the amount of heart it has.

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Fans of dark and gritty action movies are going to have a soft spot for Clean. Starring Adrien Brody, who makes a fantastic action star, Clean follows the life of a trash man with a past. He has worked hard to turn his life around after a tragedy, but the broken neighborhood he lives in is trying hard to push him back into his violent ways. 

After a young girl who reminds him of his daughter gets in trouble, something inside him snaps, causing the darkness to return. Surprisingly there is a whole lot of heart in this movie, as he has the best of intentions. Plus, if you enjoy blood and gore with your violence, Clean has you covered!

What Works With Clean

This movie is very dark and gritty. The cinematography, the lighting, and the sets do a great job of portraying that, and making the grit come through the screen. From the moment it starts, it is a very dark (literally) film that helps to make the story completely believable.

This movie boasts a stellar performance from Adrien Brody, who has never really been seen as action star, but should be. The man is very talented and versatile, and Clean really proves it. Sure, he is a fantastic dramatic actor, but he truly steals every scene he is in, and perfectly captures the character of Clean. It has to be hard to make the audience feel something for such a violent man, but Brody accomplishes that with ease.

Something truly fantastic about this movie is that despite being so dark, it is all about the love that parents have for their children. The fact that they would do absolutely anything to protect them, no matter the consequences. There are a few sweet moments hidden throughout the movie that really drive that point home.

What Doesn’t Work With Clean

Clean is a bit of a slow burn at first, taking its time to get to where it is going. There is a build up to the story, which is always important in a movie like this, but it does mess with eth pacing for the first half of the movie. However, around the 45 minute mark it really finds its groove and kicks into high gear.

Along the same lines, Clean could have been better if there were some more action scenes in it, especially towards the beginning. Although, any itch for violence is scratched when you get to the end of the movie, but those scenes are done so well, that more of them would have been a lot of fun.

Overall Thoughts

Adrien Brody proves that he is an incredible actor in Clean. He shines in both the dramatic and action scenes, completely stealing the show. The story itself has the right amount of dark and gritty, that sucks viewers in from the start. The overall message is about the love that parents have for their children, which is a surprise given the nature of the film.

It isn’t perfect, but it sure is a lot of fun, filled with bloody action, and a bit of heart too.

About Clean

Clean, a man with a violent and criminal past, seeks redemption after being awakened by personal tragedy. He dedicates his life to his broken community, and the safety of young girl who reminds him of his daughter. When her life is put in danger, it ignites a return to the darkness and violence he’s worked so hard to leave behind. In his attempts to save her, he might very well save himself.

Clean premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2021.