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Mystic River [Blu-ray] (2010)

Sean Penn , Tim Robbins , Clint Eastwood  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (778 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Brian Helgeland
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Judie G. Hoyt, Robert Lorenz, Bruce Berman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (778 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029F21BA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,555 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mystic River [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Three friends who grew up in working-class Boston drift apart after a terrible tragedy. Years later, brutal events reconnect them. Jimmy's 19-year-old daughter is coldly murdered. Dave is a suspect. And Sean, now a cop, scrambles to solve the crime before volatile Jimmy takes the law into his own hands. Working from Brian Helgeland's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel, director Clint Eastwood shapes a masterful, brooding thriller built on family, friends and innocence lost. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon play the pivotal threesome, joining Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden and Laura Linney in one of the most powerful casts ever.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very disturbing drama December 19, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this last night. This movie made me feel like I had been beaten up and left on the sidewalk to crawl home. But, I'm not saying it was a bad film. Eastwood has hit home runs in the last several outings and he has aged his talents to a finely honed formula that rarely dissappoints. I am not familiar with the book that this is based on and frankly I don't want to know: the movie was upsetting enough.

A good drama should move you, should make you feel shaken and this film delivers. The script is very good, the actors all excellent. While the film seems to linger just a wee bit too long at the end, it caps off the story without leaving anything unsaid. Having said this, it also does not tie up every single loose end; we are left to figure it out for ourselves and the ambiguity that this invokes is acceptable.

Sean Penn gives a tremendous performance that is worthy of all the accolades. Following close to him is the evocative and always disturbing impressions we see in Tim Robbins' character. The themes of this film are nasty and not for the weak of heart or constitution. While it is not pleasant these things do happen and the story is told in a believable way.

While I am a big fan of all the main actors and of Eastwoods movies in general, the depth of pain this film oozes just makes me glad I watched it once and I think I'll take a very long rain check on seeing it again; at least for quite a while. Angst like this is taken in small doses. On the other hand, acting at this level rarely happens by such a stellar cast and in such a well orchestrated manner.
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136 of 164 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning film based on a tragic novel. November 2, 2003
Clint Eastwood's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's wrenching best-seller, "Mystic River," is a remarkable achievement. Having read the book shortly before seeing the movie, I was impressed with Eastwood's faithfulness to the letter and spirit of Lehane's story.
Sean Penn plays Jimmy Markham (Marcus in the book), a small time hood who did a stint in prison almost two decades earlier. Jimmy now owns a grocery store, is a loving family man, and seems to have given up his criminal ways. As a child, Jimmy was a close friend of Sean Devine, who grew up to become a homicide detective, and Dave Boyle, played by the wonderful Tim Robbins. Boyle endured a terrible trauma as a child, and he is tortured by horrifying thoughts that he can never escape. When Jimmy's nineteen-year-old daughter, Katie, is found brutally murdered, Sean investigates with his partner, played by Laurence Fishburne, and the lives of the three old friends intersect once again.
The stellar cast of "Mystic River" is amazingly effective. Each actor completely inhabits his or her character. Sean Penn's performance is brutal and heart-rending, and Tim Robbins convincingly plays a man on the brink of madness. Supporting these fine actors are Laura Linney and Marcia Gay Harden, as Jimmy's and Dave's wives.
Eastwood wisely shot his film on the streets of Boston, and Tom Stern's atmospheric and skillful cinematography contribute to the film's realistic and dramatic look. "Mystic River" is a powerful drama about how desperate people react when they are under tremendous emotional pressure. This mythic tragedy proves Faulkner's dictum, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." The mistakes we make and the injuries that we suffer are always with us in one way or another. Kudos to Eastwood and his fine cast and crew on making an exceptional film.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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Again, I haven't read the book however the Movie does it all. I am sure there are things we all wish to forget. Moments in time in which our lives and the lives of others are altered by one singular movement, one phrase, or that one hockey shot that was just out of reach. Nothing is more true when it comes to the lives of Jimmy (Sean Penn), Sean (Kevin Bacon) and Dave (Tim Robbins). Mystic River is an emotional and amazing film about the reconciliation of three friends and their wives by the tragic murder of Jimmy's eldest daughter, Katie Markum (Emmy Rossum). This rough Boston suburb that lies on the bank of the Mystic River is thrown into sorrow and misery over the loss. Jimmy (Penn) makes a vow to find the killer of his daughter and end him and throw him into the Mystic.

The story is superb. Twists and turns and changing plot lines makes this story brilliantly unpredictable. It proves nothing is what it seems. Dealing with issues of child abduction and the effects it has on the future, Mystic River watches and deals with the change n the course of someone life. What something would be like if Dave hadn't gotten into that strangers car? Katie Markum would never had been born to be murdered.

The acting is bar none and has been recognized by the Academy by awarding Sean Penn and Tim Robbins best actor and best supporting role at the Oscars. Sean Penn was incredible in this film. He was so into his character. An angry gangster trying to move on with his life, and get out of his life of crime and deceit. To love his children and to be the best father he can be. Strong and determined, hard and angry he tries to deal with the grief of the loss of his last real memory of his late first wife. Penn is perfect in performing this role. Tim Robbins is also and incredible actor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good acting, actors.
Published 11 hours ago by maggie meo
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Fan
Sean Penn is great in this movie.
Published 10 days ago by Wisconsin
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but powerful at the same time
This movie is sad as much as it is powerful. The movie is about three kids (the kid actors for Kevin Bacon, Sean Penn, and Tim Robbins) who are playing hockey outside, then writing... Read more
Published 18 days ago by J Chapell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This was actually for my son but we also watched it. I remember seeing previously but was still a great movie!
Published 1 month ago by terri
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and disconcerting film.
A very well done story on a topic important to all parents and their children. Inspires careful thought. Also, kind of frightening.
Published 1 month ago by Curious Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
I liked the movie so thought I would buy it. It is a good movie with good actors. I would buy it for a friend
Published 1 month ago by Robbin Autrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood and Lehane
Mystic River is a textbook example of how a very good film could have been a great film with just a few changes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Collin O'Donnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie!
This movie is well worth watching. The characters are perfectly chosen and do an excellent job. The cinematography is very good and the story shows surprisingly different, but... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kmhopkins5
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Great movie! Of course, with a cast like this you would expect it! Very suspenseful and kept me guessing throughout. I would recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Littleme
1.0 out of 5 stars Voice did match scene
When watching the movie the voice was behind the actual scene...VERY distracting.
Need to fix the scene & voice to match.
Published 2 months ago by Phyllis Saly
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