Mystic River Reviews
A film that will no doubt make a big impact!
Bacon gives a convincing performance unlike the rest, though he does end up delivering the most stupid lines of the movie towards its climax. Sean Penn and Tim Robbins looked more eager just to get back home and start preparing for that speech on how to thank the Academy. Robbins performance in particular, was laughable, making him look not even distinctly related to a living, breathing human being.
The climax of the movie, instead of a twist-ending, looked downright insulting to the intelligence of viewers, that is to those who possess any.
In a small Boston neighbourhood, three young friends are playing, until a car pulls up and abducts one of them. 25 years later the friends have went their separate ways. Jimmy (Penn) is the local gangster, Sean (Bacon) is a police detective and the abuctee Dave (Robbins) is just trying to keep his life together after the traumatic events of his childhood. All these years later, more traumatic events falls upon these former friends as Jimmy's young daughter is murdered and with Dave displaying some very unusual behaviour, he becomes the prime suspect in Sean's investigation. The traumatic events of their past seem to be, only now in their later years, fully unravelling.
Admittedly i haven't read Lehane's book and apparently Robbins' character is given more of a back story which makes more sense to his character and his actions and has less of a whodunnit stroryline. That being said, the mystery involved in the perpetrator of the murder is the film's weakest link and the tenuous revelation of the murderer is very unconvincing which almost threatens to undo the whole thing. Thankfully though, Eastwood holds it together despite that major plot discrepancy and the film is ultimately a character study in the soul searching and what-if's throughout their lives. The whole ensemble put in fine performances but none more so than Sean Penn as the emotionally afflicted and grief ridden father. He was robbed of an Oscar a few years previously for his magnificent turn in "Dead Man Walking" but here gives a similiar emotive and heart wrenching performance and thoroughly deserves his 1st Oscar this time around. Eastwood also directs with consummate ease and adds another powerful and thought provoking film to his credentials.
It could have been a classic but unfortunately has a major flaw in the denouement and like the very fine performances, it's hard to forget.
But, as an actor himself, what Eastwood does best is extract great performances from his cast. Mystic River's ensemble is truly one of the best in the history of cinema. These people project so much with a look, a quiver, a sigh. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Marcia Gay Harden and Tom Guiry stand out in a legendary ensemble cast that also includes Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Laura Linney and Emmy Rossum.
when sean penn daughter is murdered him and two other old friends are drawn together one the cop the other a suspect but what seems like the most obvious answers turns out not to be so obvious!!
Worth a watch