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Movie Review:


MYSTIC RIVER


Rating: Too predictable, but makes for great psychological discussions.


(note: Actor names used in review instead of character names.)

I'm a big fan of Clint Eastwood, whether he is acting, directing or producing. Mystic River is Clint's latest, and he was both director and producer. He assembled some formidable cast members to lend their powerful performances to this murder mystery that takes place in Boston. Kevin Bacon, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Laurence Fishburne, Laura Linney and Marcia Gay Harden.

Three boys are united by a dark secret that comes back to haunt them. One (Kevin Bacon) becomes a cop, one (Sean Penn) is a convict turned shopkeeper, and one (Tim Robbins) is an ordinary guy with a wife and kid. Sean accuses him of murdering his daughter, and is being investigated by Kevin. Solving the crime of Sean's daughter's death affects all of them, and each of the three is forced to relive the traumatizing childhood event, from which they never really recovered. Marcia plays Tim's wife, who must support him at all costs, but also wonders what really happened.

Sorry, can't tell you how it ends, and there are some surprises. The rest is a bit predictable, however, and if it weren't for such fine performances from this ensemble cast, the movie would not have lasted at the box office the way that it did.


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