The River Murders (2011)
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"The River Murders felt like a made for T.V. movie. It's not awful, but yet not very good either. Jack Verdon is a police officer who finds himself caught up in a murder case that he happens to be the main suspect in. The reason he is the main suspect is because the victims are all females he has had sexual encounters with in his past. I guess Police Officer Verdon was quite the ladies man and soon the bodies start piling up as the serial killer continues to make his way through Verdon's past of women leading him to Verdon's current wife.
The movie unravels like a good T.V. mystery. It kinda felt like it would belong to one of the many cop shows on T.V. The performances are nothing that would be remembered, but good enough for the movie. It's not something I would see again, but I don't regret seeing it. Worth at least one watch."
A lower-budget production made in Spokane, you can see the seams. A mix of veteran actors like Ray Liotta, combined with quite a number of probably-local actors. You can see and appreciate the different in acting skill. An actor like Liotta is obviously more naturally gifted than most of those around him. And, although professionally produced, the movie often comes across as a small, independent film.
As with many scripts, you can see plot points coming a ways off. And, things get pretty convoluted as the movie goes along. This pushes things far past the point of any credulity. A major plot point involves a religious fanatic, the always-too-easy go-to place for screenwriters to use for someone who's crazy.
There are interesting elements to the movie, but they are undone by the overt theatrics of the plot.
Only gets the 3rd star because Ray Liotta's in it. The story was good, it just dragged on way too slowly.
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