Many critics might come forward for Clint Eastwood doing such a movie as this and although I have always been a fan of Eastwood, in truth within this movie...I can relate to it. After being forced into retirement at age 63 because after being laid off, no one would hire me because of my age and so I took and early retirement....And that was hard! My wife was on a disability from a bungled back surgery leaving her in excruciating pain thereof. She became addicted to pain pills so we remained together for 22 years with her addiction problem that eventually ruined the marriage. Lucky we had no children. But a little over four years ago, she unknowingly left me when I went to visit my family over the weekend. She took a majority of our retirement fund which wasn't much, and many other things that left me with bills and a mortgage that I was barely able to pay because of my meager Social Security. I was nearly in foreclosure on my home, losing her income and with no senior housing or apartment living available, I was looking at living on the streets in my old age. I am now 70 years old, she passed away last February from ALS and I am still struggling financially trying to remain in my home. And I will tell you this....when this came upon me this sudden, I was scared out of my mind, dealing with depression, anxiety and you name it that I was near suicidal that I ended up in a mental hospital for a time. You never know what a person will do when his livelihood is threatened, you are about to lose everything life offered you in your younger days and now you are old, alone and lonely without a rational way of viewing life. A person gets desperate in times like this because all you have on your mind is how to survive. I suppose if an opportunity came along to run drugs at the time I was in this desperate and depressed state....I could have very easily done the same thing as this character Clint Eastwood played. I was frightened and desperate more-so than I was ever before in my life!! The only thing I had to get me through was my mother passed on just before she left, but she owned a few acres of wheat land she inherited but could not be sold as it was still on a two year lease. Once the lease was over my family sold this acreage.....That is the only thing I had to help me through this crises. If that would have not been the case....I was very close to ending it all....So, when old age hits hard and you are about to lose it all....a person can get so desperate it is no telling what he is capable of doing!!