In the Electric Mist Reviews
Don't bother wasting your time.
A lot of talent ... just doesn't grab you into believing or caring about any of these characters .
Sorta has the fluff of a network crime drama.
Although the late great Levon Helm as a civil was captain was great . He's the only memorable thing to me about the movie. And he's in it 5 mins maybe. If you're looking for a good southern gorh film. Check out " The world made straight " or "Mud" both of which I enjoyed much more.
The whole thing feels jerky and disjointed and superficial, like a Lifetime original movie's interpretation of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil or something. The writing is heavy-handed and unnatural. Very disappointing.
An off-kilter modern-day film noir that fails to hit the target despite the brilliant Tommy Lee Jones in the driving seat, good supporting cast, and decent production values.What is most frustrating about this miss-step though is the fact it takes its inspiration from all those great crime thrillers of the post war years, yet instead of taking a fresh spin on them it copies the lesser qualities with a slacker pacing that negatively effected certain films of that era without a great deal of the better elements. When even Lee Jones struggles to spark much interest in what is going on you just know things aren't quite right here. This though isn't a bad film it just really needed more guts and quality on the page.
Tommy Lee Jones stars as a New Orleans police detective, who's investigating a bunch of murders alongside this he struggles with his sanity and fights his past alcohol addiction as he digs deeper into the case.
It has a very good supporting cast including John Goodman, Ned Beatty, and Mary Steenburgen as Beatty's onscreen wife. 5/27/14
Dave has to navigate through a maze of half truths and innuendos while struggling with his personal life: he is a recovering alcoholic, he has narrowly survived two attempts of assassination and occasionally has visions of him having conversations with a confederate officer, General Hood, which offers him advice and tries to help him in his quest to discover the guilty part in this complex plot.
I really like detective films and this one is not bad at all, it is a bit hard sometimes to follow all the threads of the story especially when it is a fast paced movie and characters have that strong southern accent. But indeed has all the right elements a clever and charismatic detective, an apparently unsolvable mystery and the unhelpful town people. The characters are a bit flat without much development but indeed the plot didn't require it.