`Cleaner' is a wash until Liu shows up

Review C+

January 05, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun movie critic

Guy wakes up in a hotel room with no memory of who he is, or why there's a dead body next to him, or where the suitcase full of money came from.

Code Name: The Cleaner sounds like a parody of The Bourne Identity, and it's clearly envisioned as a star vehicle for Cedric the Entertainer. But it's not funny enough to work as parody, and Cedric has yet to show he has the chops to carry a film.

Code Name: The Cleaner (New Line Cinema) Starring Cedric the Entertainer, Lucy Liu, Nicollette Sheridan. Directed by Les Mayfield. Rated PG-13. Time 90 minutes.

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