Mystic River Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kevin Bacon, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay

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One day three friends (Sean, Jimmy, and Dave) were confronted by two men. Dave gets abducted and raped for 4 days. Now 25 years later Jimmy is an ex-con, Sean is a cop, and Dave is still coping with his past. When Jimmy's daughter is murdered Sean is put on the case. Jimmy is so torn that he vows to get the killer before the police do and one of the suspects turns out to be Dave.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Jack Bauer

Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn), Sean Devin (Kevin Bacon) and Dave Boyle (Tim Robbins) are boyhood friends in a Boston neighborhood. Dave has an unfortunate incident with a man posing as a cop at the time they were young boys. Flash forward 20 years and now Jimmy is out of jail and running a mom and pop store, Sean is a cop and Dave is struggling with his inner problems. The unfortunate murder of Jimmy's daughter Katy (Emmy Rossum) and the dual tragedies of that and Dave's childhood incident arouses a vicious cycle of guilt, suspicion and respressed emotions that are primed and ready to explode with devastating results.
The review of this Movie prepared by Bobby Blades

The murder of a teenage daughter reunites three boyhood friends from the working class suburbs north of Boston in their late 30s. Sean Devine (Bacon) is a Massachusetts State Police detective whose wife has left him but keeps calling to hear his voice; Jimmy Markum (Penn) is an ex-con who owns a neighborhood store (it is his daughter Katie who turns up dead); and Dave Boyle (Robbins) is the shuffling, beaten survivor of a childhood abduction and molestation. Their wives, children, and associates all swirl around the central plot of who killed Katie and how their pasts intertwine and affect their lives today. Harden and Linney are Boyle and Markum spouses; Fishburne has a meaty supporting role as Devine's dry, cynical partner (ironically named "Whitey Powers"). This dark 2003 tale, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, features outstanding acting on nearly everyone's part, though slight weaknesses in the script and plotting by Brian Helgeland ("L.A. Confidential") make it not quite as great a film as director Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven."
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   rape Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   catching brutal killer/stalker Druggie/drunk problems?    -   alcohol

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous    -   Boston

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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