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Mystic River, a story of wounded consciences and lost innocence

Updated on September 25, 2013

Movie's summary

When not staged as an actor, Clint Eastwood appears to have higher ambitions: it happened with "Bird", when he tried to compose the definitive film biography of Charlie Parker, with "Unforgiven" when he tried to engage the last great classic western, and "Mystic River" was trying to churn out vintage detective.
The film tells the story of three friends, one of whom, Dave (Robbins) has been abused as a child, which can be found many years later when the daughter of Jimmy (Penn) is murdered. Dave becomes the prime suspect, Jimmy the murderer, Sean (Bacon), who has since become a police officer, man of justice who fails to prevent another irreparably wrong committed. Eastwood describes awarped reality, which seems to have distorted the rails of righteousness, honesty, reason. The fact that the two crucial moments of the film-circle seats at the beginning and the end-are dumb, or a game looks intense and unarmed, says a lot about how Eastwood prefers silence to dialogue and images, on how he keeps on a land of moral ambiguity.
The trio of actors is truly remarkable, but not least are the characteristics, among which we recognize Lawrence Fishburn, in the role of a sergeant, and Eli Wallach,an octogenarian, in that of a seller of weapons. Good the ladies, Marcia Gay Harden and Laura Linney, actress beloved by Eastwood, for once called to play a not marginal part.


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      sharewhatuknow 6 years ago from Western Washington

      Great review. This was a very good movie.

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      This review was voted up and useful.

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      Brittany Rowland 6 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      Very detailed analysis on a powerful, haunting film. Eastwood has a unique approach to storytelling that makes for some memorable films.

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      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US

      Good review! I love this movie, and I think your analysis is right on spot. All of the main actors and actresses in this film are a true pleasure to watch.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Rated it useful and interesting. I am still haunted by that movie and cannot (I am NOT kidding you) look at a black car like the one that took him away in, without thinking of that movie!!!

      Great job.

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      Lorenzo27 6 years ago from Pistoia, Italy

      Thanks a lot, Giselle.

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      Giselle Maine 6 years ago

      This review was interesting. Your analysis of Eastwood's approach was helpful.

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      Lorenzo27 6 years ago from Pistoia, Italy

      Thank you to Hattie & Susie. :)

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      SusieQ42 6 years ago

      What a great talent you have for writing! Your words just flow. I voted this up and interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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      HattieMattieMae 6 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      You write reviews very well! :)