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.
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"…
"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.
Part IV of my Prisoners preparation.
Some films make you cry, some make you relieved/rejoice, some make you flat-out infuriated. Rarely does a film reach all emotional spectra - such as Clint Eastwood's Mystic River - leaving me in the fetal position during its closing act.
One can take this film as a religious parable, a story of faith, but that's merely a factoid that Eastwood utilizes to add definition to this story of personal and lawful justice. loss of innocence in a child, and vengeance.
The obvious attraction to the film is its renowned cast, earning their Oscar nominations rightfully. Tim Robbins plays Dave, a middle aged man that is accused of murdering his friend Jimmy's (Sean Penn) daughter.…
Directed by - Clint Eastwood
Written by - Brian Helgeland
Based on the novel of the same name by - Dennis Lehane
Starring - Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Emmy Rossum, Laura Linney and Tom Guiry
Child abuse and mainstream cinema don’t tend to get along. Whenever a critically-acclaimed film is released with child abuse at its core, you can guarantee that the reviews will be all be telling us how “shocking”, how “heart-breaking” and, worst of all, how “realistic” it is. What these critics tend to forget is that not only is child abuse the most heinous crime but it is also one of the most underreported. The vast majority of them have…
Mystic River is a film full to the brim with powerhouse performances. I originally saw it in theaters back in 2003, and later watched as it went on to win multiple awards that year including a best actor Oscar for Sean Penn and Best supporting actor for Tim Robbins. That doesn't say enough though. Marcia Gay Harden, Kevin Bacon, and Laura Linney are all excellent as well.
It's directed masterfully by Clint Eastwood. Every film I've seen adapted from a Dennis Lehane novel has been good and this film is no exception. The story is tragic and quite simply a great mystery. It's also a very emotional film, and as a parent I really felt Sean Penn's pain as he…
This was a fantastic looking, wonderfully acted episode of a police procedural - something I do not typically watch. Clint Eastwood is great at taking his time with scenes, and the pacing of this film allows for some great detailed moments.
I didn't realize that this film was going to built up like a mystery of sorts. I won't deny that I was engaged in the "did he do it" vibe of the whole thing - but once the mystery was revealed I have to wonder if there is more to this film. I don't think this movie will be as good in a rewatch. I love that it challenges the audience with some darker looks into death and revenge,…
I'm kicking myself for not having seen this sooner. Mystic River has potentially one of the greatest casts I've ever seen. The pacing of this film is exquisite. It draws you in in such a way that you're left hanging with bated breath at so many moments during the film. For someone who is usually pretty good at guessing the end of films, I was really shocked at the ending of this one. Suspenseful and engaging, Mystic River is the epitome of what happens when a solid story is paired with a strong cast and director's vision.
I quite liked this film. The narrative was surprisingly original for a film about a murder in a town and the overarching theme of how past influences the present was executed to a superb level thanks to Eastwood's skilled direction, (the jump cuts towards the end of the film were amusing).
The film is without its problems though as there are plotholes, some silly choices by silly characters and is ultimately a screenplay fueled by coincidence. If you can ignore these problems then you may end up loving this film.
Nevertheless, the emotional performances and intriguing plot kept my attention from beginning to end despite some inconsistencies. I have to see more of Eastwood's films.
Not much more than a decent crime drama. The writing is a bit lazy at moments too. Not sure why everyone went nuts for this back then.
Doloroso, letterario, diretto magistralmente da Clint Eastwood. Il trio Penn-Bacon-Robbins è puro ossigeno.
It's easy to think that a good mystery/thriller only needs a complex plot. But Mystic River proves that greatness comes when the emotional story is bold and fierce. Clint Eastwood gets stunning performances out of already incredible actors, keeping his audience fully enraptured with the powerful story. This film forces you to face your own prejudices and assumptions, laying out a minefield of taboos and loaded questions.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Clint fucking Eastwood...... the old fucker did it again .....
I am so fucking watching every single one of his movies.
Man, I do not know what went wrong with that film. It had just about every reason to become one of my faves:
- directed by Clint Eastwood
- great cast (Bacon, Robbins and Penn are among my favorite actors of all time) and some amazing performances
- interesting premise with the potential to be a compelling drama (I live for films like that, to be honest)
AND YET, I found Mystic River boring as hell. I can't really explain it, it just didn't grab me and it was kind of a chore to watch it until the end. Too bad for me, I guess!
A brilliant suspenseful, and enormously well-acted film, with great characters and a fantastic story. The best Eastwood directed film I've seen yet.