Tom Cutler (Samuel L. Jackson) is an ex-cop turned crime scene cleaner. When he arrives at a suburban house to clear up a gruesome murder he finds no one home. Finding a key outside the house he enters and proceeds with his horrific task. But when he returns with the key he meets the owner Ann Norcut (Eva Mendes) who has no knowledge of a murder in her house. When she reveals her husband has gone missing, Tom realises he has unknowingly covered up a murder. With the help of his ex-police partner Eddie Lorenzo (Ed Harris), Tom has to fight to identify the murderer before he finds himself implicated in the killing. And soon he realises he is involved in a scandal that could rock the police force to its foundations.
Enjoyable mystery thriller
- Cleaner review by Alphaville
This 2007 light thriller is based on a promising original idea but it never reaches any great heights and was overlooked at the time. Nevertheless it’s a classy production that’s worth a look. Samuel L. Jackson, playing against type as an ordinary Joe, runs a company that cleans up the bodily mess left behind when someone dies. Then one day he has to clean a messy murder scene at the house of a missing politician… Given a good plot, director Renny Harlin can usually be relied upon to get the most out of it, and he does so here. It’s a thriller with virtually no action and a disappointing ending, but it bowls along interestingly enough for its 86-minute run time.