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Mystic River October 29, 2006

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

Amongst the Clint Eastwood movies I’ve seen if I had to pick one, this has to be it. The movie is like its title itself – dark with an aura of mystery surrounding it.

The plot revolves around the lives of three childhood friends (Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon) whose paths cross again later in their lives when Penn’s daughter is murdered. Circumstantial evidence reveals that Tim Robbins could be the one behind it. Therein begins a drama which ultimately leads to the truth being uncovered. The ambiguity in Tim Robbins’ character really keeps the viewer wondering till the very end what his actually actions and intentions were. In that sense, this a very different kind of suspense from what you would normally associate with films in that genre.

Clint Eastwood (who surprisingly doesn’t star in this) does a brilliant job of directing this flick. But what keeps the film together are the performances of Tim Robbins and Sean Penn. Both won Oscars for their roles which I think were tailor made for them (if you have seen other movies starring Robbins or Penn you would know what I am saying). The supporting cast of Kevin Bacon, Laura Linney and Marcia Gay Harden is also good. The pacing tends to be slow at times but it doesn’t bring down the interest level. This is a movie which should be enjoyed by anyone looking out for a realistic suspense drama.


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