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Mystic River (2003) Movie Reviews

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02/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Mystic River" by Yojimbo

Three childhood friends who share the memory of a traumatic event are brought together once more when one of their children is murdered. Clint Eastwood once again proves he is one of the best directors working in Hollywood with this extremely well acted and written crime drama. The characters on display are far more sophisticated than those found in your average mainstream thriller, and the top notch cast all get to demonstrate their thespian chops with plenty of meaty dialogue as Clint cranks up the suspense with consummate skill. I personally have always found Penn a little unconvincing and his performance here is a little over-ripe as well, but he is a suitably intense protagonist. Kevin Bacon and Laurence Fishburne are totally believable as the detectives on the case, very much in the...

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12/21/2011 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

Mystic River review

Jimmy (Penn) is an ex-con running a neighborhood store, while Dave (Robbins) is a blue-collar worker meet after 25 years. Sean (Bacon), who is now a detective with the Massachusetts State Police, discovers Katie's corpse. Sergeant Whitey Powers (Laurence Fishburne) and Sean investigates the murder case. The day Katie was murdered, Celeste (Marcia Gay Harden) sees her husband with a bloody stomach and hand. Katie suspects Dave of killing Jimmy’s daughter and informs Sean about her suspicion. Brendan and Ray Jr. confront each other while John is caught in the middle. Those responsible of Katie’s death confessed in the end while another was unfortunately blamed. Highlights of the film would be Jimmy finding out his daughters body, his talk outside the house with Dave, and when Dave be...

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05/23/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Clint's masterpiece in at #28!

Mystic River is Clint Eastwood's crowning achievement as a director and is a breathtaking and powerful film adaption of the equally powerful novel by Dennis Lehane that examines lost youth and other kinds of loss that sweep their way through a small Massachusetts town where everyone knows everyone. This story opens on a quiet day in Mystic River when three young boys, Jimmy, Dave, and Sean are approached by a pedophile, they force Dave into their car and he is sexually abused for several days before escaping. The story then finds these childhood friends as adults still living in the same town, though their lives have drifted away from each other somewhat. Jimmy (Sean Penn)is now a small business owner content in his 2nd marriage (Laura Linney)and raising three daughters. Dave (Tim Robbins...

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03/02/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Masterfully Done Gritty Drama

This film is extremely multi-layered. Just when you think you've got a character all figured out, the movie pulls a one-two punch that never lets up. I appreciated the gritty tone because it made it all that more personal. I must commend the three leading actors: Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, and Tim Robbins. They successfully provided the audience characters that you can love and dislike at the same time. Even though tragedies happen in their lives, they never seem to learn from it nor do they try to atone for their mistakes. There are a lot of people like that which makes this film close to real life. I must also give kudos to Thomas Guiry for giving life to a complex character that you can't help but love. This film is dark and deeply engaging. It's definately another hit from the great Clin...

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