Mystic River (2003)
Jimmy (Sean Penn), Sean (Kevin Bacon) and Dave (Tim Robbins) are 3 best friends who grew up together in a suburb of Boston. After a terrible tragedy surrounding the kidnapping of Dave for 4 days by child molesters and his daring escape, the 3 friends were never the same. Some 30 years later, Jimmy is a convenience store owner with a wife and daughter, Sean is a police officer with a wife who left him before she gave birth, and Dave is married with a young son. Dave has noticeable emotional issues but is still a functioning member of society. One night he comes home from the bar very late covered in blood with lacerations to his chest and hands and tells his wife he was mugged and he killed the thug. She believes him until the next day there is no report in the paper, except the murder of Jimmy’s teenage daughter. Sean is in charge of the investigation that ultimately points to Dave as the killer.
Directed by Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven, J. Edgar), Mystic River is a dramatic, disturbing and powerful look at murder investigation with many different layers. Each subplot holds its own weight in the overall scheme of things, but it’s how they unravel that makes the story so tragic. I’ve seen a lot of movies in my time, and the ending to Mystic River is probably the most powerful I can remember. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Director, Mystic River took home 2 of them for the great performances from Tim Robbins and Sean Penn. Anyone who can show human emotion will be touched by this movie, so be prepared. Co-starring Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, Tom Guiry and Emmy Rosum.
9/10 Stars – Disturbing, tragic and powerful… Clint Eastwood never seems to disappoint when it comes to filmmaking.
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