Texas Killing Fields Review

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Local cop Souder (Worthington) is paired with New York 'tec Heigh (Dean Morgan) to investigate the murder of a teenage prostitute in a hardscrabble town in the Texas Bayou. Their inquiries soon flush out some serious nastiness.


Though her father (Michael) likes to work with big stories and even bigger stars, Ami Canaan Mann has started small with her debut feature, a modest bayou noir that works as an offbeat thriller but probably isn’t quite destined for cult status. Nominally the lead but giving a generously low-key performance in a well-cast ensemble piece, Sam Worthington plays Souder, a provincial Texas cop who is paired up with New York out-of-towner Heigh (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to solve a local murder. But, Heigh gets dragged into the investigations of other killings, finally drawing out a sadistic psycho who has designs on the stop-out daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) of the town tramp. Despite the schlocky title, nothing truly lurid materialises, but Mann conjures up a decent sense of place and foreboding, with a terrific turn from Morgan as the film’s bleary-eyed conscience.

Set against gnarled, haunting landscapes, the story unfurls in stunning locales and a tasty cast - as you'd expect with Michael Mann's daughter behind the camera. The plot, though, is more Public Enemies than Heat.