Mystic River

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, Tom Guiry, Kevin Chapman
Written By: Brian Helgeland
Directed By: Clint Eastwood
Studio: Warner Bros.
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The story of three childhood friends who are reunited under a tragic event in one of their lives. Mystic River is an excellent murder mystery and psychological thriller.
“Call me Spicoli one more time, and
I’ll knock your teeth out!”
2004 Warner Brothers. All Rights Reserved.

Taking place in South Boston, Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn,) Dave Boyle (Tim Robbins,) and Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon) used to play street hockey, the typical every day activities of young kids. That would all change after Tim Robbin takes a car ride that will change his life and the entire neighborhood community. Now, it’s 25 years later and the three young kids are now grown up and faced with another tragic event, the death and mysterious murder of Jimmy Markum’s daughter.
Kevin Bacon and Laurence Fishburne are the detectives assigned to the case. The murder seems to come from nowhere and is senseless, which makes the detective’s job that much harder. They must also watch Jimmy, who’s determined, with rage, to find the killer. Tim Robbins character is questioned due to his past, and Jimmy is unaware of this most of the movie. I don’t want to spoil what else happens but Mystic River is one of the best films of 2003. Everything that comes out Mystic River made this an excellent movie. Great director, casting, real-life locations, and to my surprise Clint Eastwood’s a composer of this movie as well. Wearing many hats, Clint did one hell of a job.

Nominated for six Oscars, and winners of two for Best Actor Sean Penn, and Best Supporting Actor Tim Robbins, they provide the audience with suberb performances that makes us believe this actually happened to them. Dark and tense the entire time, Mystic River is craftfully put together to string the audience along to who actually did this horrific crime.

The extras provided on the limited edition 3 disc version of the movie includes Audio Commentary by Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, and two making of documentaries. One is about 30 minutes in length and sits down with the stellar cast individually about their experiences with the characters and the movie. The other is a shorter 10 minute featurette on bringing the best selling novel to the big screen. Other extras included are three segments from The Charlie Rose Show. Clint Eastwood, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon each sit down with the talk show host to discuss Mystic River and other topics. The third disk is the score to Mystic River, composed by the director himself Clint Eastwood, alongside with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The score is for the most part very traditional in the sense that it’s very moving and sullen in some spots as well. A general theme throughout with several variations on that main theme. Overall, a great piece to your collection if you are a movie score fan like myself.

Overall, I loved Mystic River. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon and the supporting cast do a fantastic job and Clint Eastwood is back with a great piece of work, from Author Dennis Lehane. The flow of the movie is great and makes the viewer toggle in his brain who did what. I definitely recommend it!

Mystic River, from Warner Brothers, is now available to rent and own on DVD/VHS

– Commentary By Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon
– Beneath The Surface: Documentary Including Clint Eastwood’s Elaboration On Why He Made the Film, Interviews With the Cast, and Journey Back to the Streets of Boston With Author Dennis Lehane
– From Page To Screen: Bravo Special
– Selections From the Charlie Rose Show Including Segments With Clint Eastwood, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon
– Theatrical Trailer
– CD Soundtrack

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color


Favorite Scenes: Interogation of Dave Boyle, The Dock, Dave and Jimmy Talk on the Porch
Rating: Rated R
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