Mystic River




                                         Dave: "It’s like vampires, once it's in stays."


This is a line spoken by the character of Dave in a critical moment in this film. It is a conversation he is having with his worried wife, as he tries in vain to explain what he Is feeling inside, about a horrible experience he had as a young boy, that has had a lasting effect In his life. He is trying to tell her one thing, but she thinks he is trying to hide something. It is a great and poignant moment that says so much about the tragedy and fate of these characters.

Clint Eastwood is an icon in the movie industry as an actor. Over eighty, he is still cool. He also happens to be one the best filmmakers of the last twenty years and a gifted composer. Few films get Boston right. I know...I'm from here. Eastwood isn't from Beantown, but boy does he get it right. He is at the top of his game in this tremendous crime drama/mystery based on the novel from: Dennis Lehane (from Boston).

Mystic River tells the story of three friends from a working class neighborhood: Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn), Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon) and Dave Boyle (Tim Robbins). As young boys, one of the kids: Dave, was kidnapped by child molesters who held him for several days. Cut to later on as they are all now grown up, and the three friends have chosen very different paths for themselves.

Jimmy, who spent some time in prison, now owns a neighborhood store, Dave is married with a little boy, but walks around like a shadow of himself; never the same after his abduction, and Sean is a Boston detective. The beginning of this movie involves the brutal murder of Jimmy's teenage daughter Katie, and how these three men who grew up together, reconnect in this film as secrets are revealed, and the investigation slowly moves forward, with Penn conducting his own with his neighborhood goons. As a straight up crime drama, Mystic River is excellent. What set this apart from other films in this genre, is the fine narrative and tone that Eastwood sets, and the grit and grime of real people dealing with real problems, in a town where bad things happen, and people somehow move on no matter how horrible an event happens. I read that Penn needed to have an oxygen tank on set for use after some scenes; you won't be surprised at all.

This is one of Eastwood's finest and he gets great performances from all of the actors, including even the small supporting ones. Sean Penn and Tim Robbins are just devastating as the two truly tortured and damned souls who are the heart of the film. Neighborhood secrets and social rumors run rampant, in this gripping film that will have you on the edge of your seat. This also happens to have a perfect somber lurking score by Eastwood for the film. This man knows how to roll big time. You should see this great film. See: (Gone Baby Gone) before or after for a great Beantown doble feature.

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