I didn't have much hope for this film, just because I am a card-carrying pessimist and usually somewhat bored by even critically acclaimed, award-winning movies. So it's rare for me to say, hey this was actually a good film and glad I stumbled upon it. But I am always willing to watch the first few minutes to see if it's something worth continuing further, and this film gave me no reason to shut it off. And to the person who said Gene Hackman "phoned it in"! -- I beg your pardon, it's Gene Hackman playing Gene Hackman just like he always does, a consummate professional and no complaints deserved. Give it a try, it's worth seeing for yourself.