Texas Killing Fields (2011)

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Critic Consensus: Texas Killing Fields is a competent boilerplate crime thriller, brewing up characters and plots used in better films.

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Inspired by the string of real-life unsolved murders in a small Texan town, this tense and haunting thriller follows a local homicide detective (Sam Worthington), and his partner, a transplanted cop from New York City (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as they track a sadistic serial killer dumping his female victims' mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh dubbed The Killing Fields. The killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always remaining one step ahead. When a familiar local girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) goes missing the detectives find themselves in a race against time to find their killer before she is murdered. -- (C) Anchor Bay
Rating:
R (for violence and language including some sexual references)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Sam Worthington
as Mike Souder
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
as Brian Heigh
Jessica Chastain
as Pam Stall
Chloë Grace Moretz
as Little Anne Sliger
Deneen Tyler
as Lady Worm
Corie Berkemeyer
as Shauna Kittredge
Trenton Perez
as White Kid
Maureen Brennan
as Mrs. Kittredge
Tony Bentley
as Captain Bender
Becky Fly
as Neighbor
Annabeth Gish
as Gwen Heigh
Kelvin Payton
as Congregation 1
Ron Flagge
as Congregation 2
Sheryl Lee
as Lucie Sliger
Jon Eyez
as Levon
Joseph Meissner
as Uniformed Cop
Joe Chrest
as Salter
Thomas Druilhet
as Uniformed Officer 1
Tatelyn Ione Galentine
as Jump Rope Girl
Jade Radford
as Shelter Girl 1
Cassidy Smith
as Shelter Girl 2
Leah Elizabeth Sanchez
as Lila's Daughter
Jennifer Kober
as 911 Operator
Ryan Reinike
as 911 Supervisor
Wayne Ferrara
as Canine Officer
Kerry Cahill
as Carla Romer
Kirk Bovill
as Boyfriend
Jason Mitchell
as 7-Eleven Cashier
Lenore Banks
as Haddie
Coryn Cunningham
as Elizabeth Heigh
Sean Cunningham
as Billy Heigh
Brayden Turner
as Iuso - Young Boy
Anastasia Boissier
as Girl at Vigil
Richard "Doc" Whitney
as Constable Rankin
Brian Duffy
as Flannel Shirt Poacher
Tom Proctor
as Poacher 2
Brittney Diez
as Store Clerk
Mark Adam
as Surveillance Detective 1
John A. Stassi
as Surveillance Detective 2
Jim Chimento
as Radio Operator
John Neisler
as DPS Officer
James Hebert
as Eugene
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Critic Reviews for Texas Killing Fields

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (15)

The characters will be familiar to fans of police procedural shows and TV movies.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

The story simply doesn't stand up, with its combination of well-worn plot elements and confusing red herrings -- or maybe they're just details that don't add up.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Arizona Republic
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[A] southern-fried rehash of David Fincher's Seven.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Scenes do not always necessarily follow one another. I was sometimes unclear who some of the characters were.

Full Review… | October 19, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
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The only notable element of this police procedural is that director Ami Canaan Mann, daughter of filmmaker Michael Mann ("Heat," "Collateral"), who produced here, appreciates dad's esthetic but can't replicate it.

Full Review… | October 14, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Long on style and short on coherent storytelling...

Full Review… | October 14, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Texas Killing Fields

Inspired by actual events, this is the directorial debut of Ami Canaan Mann- the progeny of the great Michael Mann. This is a police procedural about two detectives trailing a killer known for kidnapping and mutilating women, then dumping their bodies in a marshy area of Texas dubbed "The Killing Fields". Their case takes a turn when the killer decides to set his sight upon them. For the most part, this is pretty standard stuff. It's not groundbreaking, but certainly watchable. It looks great, and the cinematography is probably the best aspect. The cast are notable, but their performances are serviceable, but nothing more. The film is suspenseful, but it could have used a lot more visceral moments and action. Also, the presentation is fractured in its chronology at times, which I found to be a bit unnecessary. As far as developments with plot and characters, you get just enough, but even then, a lot of it is just standard stuff we've seen before. I give it credit though for at least keeping my attention, even if there's really not a whole lot that goes on. See it if you want, but it's fine if you don't.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Once in... There's no way out. Not so good.... I really wanted to like this movie. It has good actors, and the chance of a great storyline. Unfortunately, that did not help this movie in the least. When it comes to this kind of cop film, you need direction, some one that can tell the story at a good pace, connect all the dots, get you engrossed in the mood of the film, make you sit and wait for more clues and so on, but this film lacks all of that. At the end your lost in the story, characters are totally uninteresting and you know when you are done with the movie that you could have spend your time differently. Not recommended! Souder, a homicide detective in a small Texan town, and his partner, transplanted New York City cop Detective Heigh, track a sadistic serial killer dumping his victims' mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh locals call 'The Killing Fields'. Though the swampland crime scenes are outside their jurisdiction, Detective Heigh is unable to turn his back on solving the gruesome murders. Despite his partner's warnings, he sets out to investigate the crimes. Before long, the killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always remaining one step ahead. When familiar local girl Anne goes missing, the detectives find themselves racing against time to catch the killer and save the young girl's life.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Cast: Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain, Chloe Moretz, Jason Clarke Director:Ami Canaan Mann Summary: While trying to crack a string of unsolved murders in small-town Texas, local homicide detective Souder and his former New York City cop partner Heigh find themselves involved in a cat-and-mouse game with the killer. My Thoughts: "The movie is not scary, bloody, or any kind of horror. It is a good suspense film that has a good pace and interesting concept. The film being inspired by true events makes it more interesting. Sam Worthington plays bad cop and Jeffrey Dean plays good cop, and it works well. Sometimes Sam seems to be a bit over dramatic, but he still pulls in a strong performance. I really enjoyed the setting of the film. It was dark and sometimes creepy. The editing and the script could have been improved and I would have liked some more action. But in the end the performances from Sam, Jeffrey, and Chloe really make this film watchable. Not bad for this being Ami Mann's first film. Can't wait to see more."

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