The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
We bury our sins, we wash them clean.
A thriller about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present. Sean Penn won an Oscar for his multifaceted performance as a father who lost his daughter.
“We bury our sins here, Dave. We wash them clean.”
Mystic River and Unforgiven are my two favorite Clint Eastwood films and depending on which one I see last I tend to put in first place. Right now I’m inclined to declare Mystic River as Eastwood’s best film, but that is subject to change anytime (perhaps even before I finish writing this review). Nominated for six Academy Awards, the film won two: Sean Penn for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Tim Robbins for Best Supporting Actor. I was rooting for Brian Helgeland’s wonderful screenplay adaptation from Dennis Lehane’s novel, but it lost out to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Helgeland had previously won…
First watch of Noir-Vember. Following the standard police detective plot - murdered girl, multiple suspects, who will turn out to be the killer? - ‘Mystic River’ scores its point by enlisting a set of actors who surpass their level, led by a tremendous Sean Penn; man does that guy have range (I saw ‘Milk’ last week, what a difference). Second positive thing: though crimes seem to bore me without exception, Clint Eastwood sets a pace here that’s not rushed per se, but so captivating from the first minute that the hours seemed to fly by. Got myself some pizza at what I thought would be the forty minute mark, only to see there was barely an hour left! The variety…
"Is that my daughter in there?"
Wow, I can't believe it took me this long to watch this. Clint Eastwood had some serious balls for even attempting to tackle this type of subject matter at the time, and I congratulate him for that. The entire cast is phenomenal, especially Penn and Robbins, and like every other Clint Eastwood film, the cinematography is great. Even if the twist was a bit of a let down, Mystic River isn't as focused on it's mystery story as it is about the relationship between the three leads throughout their lives, which in a way made it a better film overall. Easily one of the better mystery films from the early 2000's.
Suburban America defeats us all, eventually. The pull of the past is expressed by the outdoors; Eastwood capturing clearings and gaps in the trees as holes in memory yet to be filled in, whereas the present is consistently captured indoors, Penn's platitude soliloquies always delivered from within rooms - the one exception is the moment his daughter's body is discovered, the camera rising up above him and one (exterior) shot fading into another (interior) shot, past fading into present and memories dissipating as new histories are formed. It's a lonely, painful transition and one I will never forget.
Clint Eastwood has been one of the few actors who have mastered the art of direction. The switch from in front to behind the camera can be a tricky one and Eastwood without doubt is one of the best. For nearly forty years now he's cut his teeth after watching and learning from the best.
Mystic River is a crime film adapted from Dennis Lehane's novel of the same name. It features a stand out cast that bothered the Academy in a big way back in 2004. Two Oscars for leading lights Sean Penn and Tim Robbins and four more nominations, this was a real return to form for Eastwood after a couple of below par films in "True Crime"…
Although it’s been acclaimed as one of his greatest works, Mystic River is quite an unusual Eastwood film. Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, it’s about the friendship between three working-class Boston men – Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn), Dave Boyle (Tim Robbins) and Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon) – whose lives are united by two crimes, committed years apart. Taking its cues from Lehane’s prose style, Brian Helgeland’s screenplay is highly plastic and operatic, making the film feel as if it’s continually ending, or the working-class are perpetually positioned at that moment just before a Hollywood blockbuster resolves itself, always in the third act of their lives. Sean Penn, in particular, takes up the cue with aplomb – his voice…
I give this 90%.
It loses 5% for there being a few too many shots of young Dave in the dungeon and 6% for Jimmy's character deciding to become a fashion model in a very crisp brown leather duster when he arrives to kill old Dave.
Jimmy earns back 1% for his excellent oversized speed dealer glasses.
Teaching of Mystic river: do not take law into your own hands. it might come back and bite you.
Als Charakterdrama entfaltet "Mystic River" gerade durch die starke schauspielerische Leistung, bei der besonders Sean Penn hervorzuheben ist, seine bittere Wirkung.
Als Gesellschaftsstudie zeichnet Eastwoods Film die vielfältigen Gesichter und Folgen von Gewalt und erschafft damit ein erschreckendes Bild, dem nur mit Unbehagen begegnet werden kann.
Als Thriller fehlt es an Spannung und Originalität des Kriminalfalls. Aber darum geht es letztlich auch nur am Rande.
This movie does not work. Sporadic characterization that, while contributing to the screenplays themes, can't create believable human beings. Way too moment-to-moment, and as a result, nothing resonates past the individual scenes.
Dark, deep. I liked it. Slow burn, keeps you guessing. At times wanders into territory where it starts sounding too pretentious for its own good - the wolf story sounded a little out of character for a dirt poor guy from Boston, and he mumbled it so lowly I honestly couldn't hear him the first time he said it.
please chill out sean penn
Poor Dave. My nigga did nothing wrong.
"You're crying now, Dave."
I remember watching this as a kid and thinking how powerful it was. Over a decade later, I am surprised how badly this movie aged, or how naive I was in my movie experience.
First and foremost, the movie is loyal to the book to a fault. It includes random monologues, silly character transformations, and some pretty terrible dialogue. It just strikes me as surprising because it has the potential to be a better movie with a few more runs through the editing process.
Eastwood does use the camera to effective purpose, and he knows how to use his stars, which has always been the strength of this film. However, being beholden to the book, the…
Penn, Bacon and Robbins are amazing and so was Fishburne. To bad the pacing is to slow at times. But the ending is excellent and it really captures the rough and tough nature of Boston.
I would have liked to see Affleck direct this.
Complete list. :-(
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…