Sometimes a film is so close to being good that you feel bad for it when it falls flat. What causes it to miss the mark is the silly side story about Samuel L. Jackson's daughter. It just doesn't fit in and makes everything around it seem awkward. However, if you have a night where nothing is on television and are looking for something that doesn't require too much concentration then "Cleaner" will do you just fine.
When someone dies a violent death somewhere there are people called cleaners whose job it is to clean up afterwards. Tom (Samuel L. Jackson – Snakes on a Plane, Pulp Fiction) does such a job. He used to be a cop and lives alone with his daughter, Rose (Keke Palmer – The Longshots, Akeelah and the Bee). Being a very orderly man lends to Tom being very good at his job.
A very posh house in New Jersey is Tom's latest job. He has been hired by Detective Jones to clean up the site of a very bloody murder. After he is done and has left the house he realizes he forgot to give back the key, so he decides to return the next day. When he tries to give the key back the female resident of the house, Ann Norcut (Eva Mendes – The Women, We Own the Night), denies having hired him. Tom manages to talk his way out of it. He calls the police department and finds out that there is no Detective Jones. Nothing is making any sense anymore.
Tom decides to get some advice from his former partner, Eddie Lorenzo (Ed Harris – National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Gone Baby Gone). Then he sees a report on the news about the house he cleaned and that the husband skipped out on his wife then turned up dead. The dead man Norcut was the person responsible for indicting Commissioner Vaughn. Now Ann comes to him to say that her husband is missing and she knows Tom's story was a cover up. Tom is now messed up in this and has to find out the truth before he is accused of murder.
Renny Harlin's career started off well with "Die Hard 2", but has slowly slipped with films like "Cutthroat Island" and "The Long Kiss Goodbye". While this film won't redeem his career it won't do any damage either.
Some might have high hopes for the film going in seeing that Ed Harris is in it. It isn't one of the sparkling films on his acting resume, but don't go in with any expectations and you'll be fine.
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