Mystic River (2003)
Director: Clint Eastwood
Novel: Dennis Lehane
Screenplay: Brian Helgeland
Cast: Sean Penn
, Tim Robbins
, Kevin Bacon
, Laurence Fishburne
Genre: Drama / Crime / Mystery
More info: IMDB
I don't know if it's me getting older or Hollywood getting worse but for some reason most of
the movies I watch these days rate from acceptable to bad. A good movie is rare, and a fantastic
movie is a miracle. Guess it's a combination... At any rate, what I find most important in most
movies is cast and story. Special effects and other cosmetic stuff is of virtually no importance.
Anyway, Mystic River follows 3 childhood friends when special circumstances bring them together
again as grown ups. They have walked very different roads in life, and had little or no contact.
The circumstances that bring them back together are not happy ones, and throughout the movie
we get a closer look at their past.
The cast is fantastic in Mystic River. Penn, Robbins and Bacon play the childhood friends, with
Fishburne as Bacon's fellow investigator. Strong performances by all of them and the additional
cast. You believe in the characters, and they fit the story well. And as it has a good story for
them to fit into, most of the important elements are covered.
Mystic River is a must see for anyone that likes the Drama / Crime genre. Has a very real life
feeling too it, though I am happy it's not my reality. I find it hard to pinpoint why I like
this movie, but the director and cast should speak for themselves.
My rating: 7.5 out of 10