A highly unsurprising biopic - the ageing head of the FBI looks back at his life, the audience mirrored by a young journalist - allowing for a review of American history, from the first Red Scare of the 1920s up to the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968.
Having never been particularly impressed with Eastwood's talents as a filmmaker, I found the lack of surprise unfortunate but unsurprising.
You will, however, be justified in wondering why on earth I sat through this anyway.
I blame my job for that; films on US history can prove useful in class. In no way do I exclude using this, at some point.