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Alec Baldwin stars as ex-detective Dave Robicheaux, who sees a drug-smuggling plane go down in the Gulf of Mexico and rescues a little girl from the wreckage. He and his wife (Kelly Lynch) take the orphaned Salvadoran girl into their home and prepare to raise her; however, a visit from a DEA agent brings out Dave's detective instincts. He begins to suspect that the crash was no accident. The DEA, the local mob, and Dave's old criminal pal Bubba Rocque (Eric Roberts) all converge on the small Louisiana town with dire warnings of bloodshed or worse. Dave's world begins to collapse when his investigation results in the murder of his wife. Enraged and undaunted, Dave becomes determined to bring everyone involved in the crime to justice.]]>
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While reading the books I have often tried to pictures which actors could play Robicheaux. A few come to mind: Bruce Willis, Tommy Lee Jones, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin. In fact, Baldwin was the guy I pictured the most in the role. And I was amazed to find out he actually was starring and producing the film.
For whatever reasons the film does not fully work. The acting, casting and direction are great. But the film just does not cut it.
If you are fans of the books, the movie is interesting just to see visually what we have been picturing in all these novels. If you are unfamiliar with the books you will find the movie average at best.
My advice is to read some of the books and then check out the film.
The cinematography and music score add to the artsy, film-noir ambience. You'll get more out of it after the second or third viewing. I was lucky enough to see it first at the big screen back in '96. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We read the book before ordered the DVD. The movie was good, but we like Tommy Lee Jones in the part of Dave. Alec Baldwin is a younger version of Dave. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Betsy
Love this movie, Alec Baldwin has a lot to be desired as he is not Cajun and has a terrible accent but the movie is great definitely worth watching.Published 2 months ago by jlv
It is very difficult to capture the fantastic environmental descriptions that add so much depth to the plot and characters in James Lee Burke's novels. Read morePublished 5 months ago by jrbatso
Terrible James Lee Burke adaptation features what is likely a career worst performance from Alec Baldwin as Dave Robicheaux and glacial pacing, both courtesy of director Phil... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joseph H Smart