Mystic River

Mystic River

Clint Eastwood (2003)

132min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Since his undoubted masterpiece Unforgiven Clint Eastwood's directorial career has been disappointingly uneven, with the likes of Space Cowboys and Blood Work indicating that he might be a spent force. This was a welcome return to form - an ambitious, well-crafted drama featuring sterling performances from an excellent cast that only just misses greatness by a whisker. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon play childhood friends whose lives are shattered when Penn's daughter is brutally murdered, an event that forces them to confront a horrific episode from their own shared past. Eastwood directs with crisp efficiency, but Brian Helgeland's screenplay somehow fails to convince, emerging as a sequence of well-written individual scenes rather than an integrated whole, while the plot relies too much on coincidence. Judged to the highest standards, this is a flawed piece of work, but it still ranks as must-see, grown-up cinema.

Summary

The murder of a teenager leaves her heartbroken father determined to exact revenge on the killer. However, as police and family members conduct their investigations, suspicion falls rather too close to home. Drama, directed by Clint Eastwood and featuring Oscar-winning performances from Sean Penn and Tim Robbins. With Kevin Bacon, Laura Linney and Laurence Fishburne.

Cast & Crew

Jimmy Markum Sean Penn
Dave Boyle Tim Robbins
Sean Devine Kevin Bacon
Annabeth Markum Laura Linney
Sgt Whitey Powers Laurence Fishburne
Celeste Boyle Marcia Gay Harden
Katie Markum Emmy Rossum
Val Savage Kevin Chapman
Director Clint Eastwood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Oct 2003
Drama