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- markastraitMay 4, 2015by
Spellbinding and tragic. A must see.
Plot: With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy.
Well done, interesting twists. The movie kind of depressed me though, but I still recommend it, you can't beat the cast!
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Brian Helgeland (screenplay), Dennis Lehane (novel)
Stars: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon
- stewieggriffinMay 13, 2007by
Where to begin with a review of an amazing film?!
For starters, the performances. Sean Penn will be up for an Oscar for this movie, and I'd be surprised if Tim Robbins wasn't nominated as well. Imagine a group of the best actors of a generation, getting together to work for one of the best actors of any generation, and that's this movie. The performances are absolutely fantastic all around, from the leads, to the supporting, to even all the kids in the film.
As for the story? I loved it. The main plotline involves the murder of Sean Penn's daughter, though we never actually see it happen. What we see is the absolutely devastating emotional aftermath of the heinous crime, and all of those effected by it. Robbins, Bacon, and Penn play boyhood friends who had drifted apart, as boyhood friends often do. The movie actually opens with a young version of Robbins's character being abducted by men pretending to be cops, and taken, as we learn later, to be essentially used as a child prostitute for four days until he escaped.
The character (Dave) was obviously scarred after that, and as was often said by the three leads "Dave went away in a car 25 years ago, I don't know who's here now." (something like that)
On the night of Katie's (Penn's daughter) murder, Dave returns from a bar very late at night with blood on his hands and a stab wound to the chest. He tells his wife that he was attacked by a mugger, but that he beat the man to what was probably his death.
But as clues open up, and the murder is discovered, Dave becomes a lead suspect in Katie's death. But why would he kill Katie? Did he kill her at all? He's still in contact with the family, his wife is cousins with Penn's wife. Why would he do that to a girl who is family? And if he didn't do it, what really happened to him that night?
These questions are uncovered by a heartbroken Kevin Bacon (the third friend, who grew up to be an FBI detective) who at first refuses to believe the truth, and is never completely convinced one way or the other until the movie's tragic ending.
This is an emotional powerhouse of a movie, which, I can only imagine, gives a lifelike portrait of what murder does to a family, and what lengths those involved will go to in order to solve it.
Easily one of the year's best films, and unquestionably among the best performances you will see this, or any, year.Read full review
- quintessence_pr...May 17, 2011by
Mystic River ( 2004, Widescreen)
Let's see: Directed by Clint Eastwood, stars are: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Lawrence Fishburne, Marcia Gay harden, Laura Linney. What's not to like? Anyway, the plot is about a friend's 19-year old daughter's murder. Many accusations and suspicions fly off the handle. Well done by Mr. Eastwood.
- kate*and*liloSep 8, 2006by
Intense and Powerful
This movie is excellent. The story begins with three young friends and a life-changing moment. Later, we see how the events of the past affect the friends' current situation. The drama is intense and the story powerful. This is not a story you'll want to watch with your kids, as there is some violence and foul language.