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FILM DETAILS
Certificate tbc
Cast
Sean Penn
Tim Robbins
Kevin Bacon
Laura Linney
Marcia Gay Harden
Directors
Clint Eastwood
Screenwriters
Brian Helgeland
Running Time
137 minutes

Mystic River
This taking-the-law-into-your-own-hands thriller marks a genuine return to form for Clint Eastwood's directorial career.


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Plot
Driven apart by a childhood trauma, three men meet again when Jimmy's daughter is murdered, cop Sean investigates and loner Dave emerges as a likely suspect. Soon an air of vigilantism begins to poison their Boston neighbourhood.


Verdict
While not quite the equal of the novel, it's more complex, emotionally-charged and better acted than the average Hollywood thriller.


Reviewed by Alan Morrison

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