Texas Killing Fields
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Though the swampland crime scenes are outside their jurisdiction, Detective Heigh is unable to turn his back on solving the gruesome murders. Despite his partner's warnings, he sets out to investigate the crimes. Before long, the killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always remaining one step ahead. When familiar local girl Anne (Chloë Grace Moretz) goes missing, the detectives find themselves racing against time to catch the killer and save the young girl's life.
Directed by Ami Canaan Mann, Produced by Michael Mann and Michael Jaffe, Texas Killing Fields also stars Jessica Chastain (Tree of Life, The Help), Jason Clarke (Public Enemies, FOX's ''Chicago Code'') and Stephen Graham (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, HBO's ''Boardwalk Empire''). Executive Produced by Bill Block, Paul Hanson and Ethan Smith, with music by Dickon Hinchliffe.
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Writing and directing are really inspired. This movie is NOT fact based, it is absorbing as a serial killer thriller however.
Chloë Grace Moretz plays a young troubled teen, taken in by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. When the killer decides to play a cat and mouse game with the cops, Chloë Grace Moretz becomes a missing pawn. The acting was excellent, even Worthington who I don't normally like. I enjoyed the steel guitar soundtrack. The plot lacked a good twist and needed a little more depth. If you enjoy a police crime drama, check it out. As a mystery... there are not enough characters for that.
F-bomb, no sex or nudity. Adult sex talk.
The story is grim and unfortunately so is the film version written by Don Ferrarone, a federal agent who investigated the slaughters, who has said `If you can just imagine having one of these little girls out here...one of these young girls out here...and there's no chance for them to be rescued, to be helped. And they're on they're own.' It was the haunting faces of the lost that inspired Ferrarone to write the screenplay for the film.
The story for the film changes the names of everyone.Read more ›
Sam Worthington and Jessica Chastain are great as ex spouses who are both detectives working on murder cases but work in different jurisdictions,Worthington's partner played by Jeffery Dean Morgan is much more sympathetic to Chastain's character 'CSI Det,Pam Stall' and starts to help her work the killing fields while still trying his best to help Worthington in there jurisdiction.Chastain gives a tough as nails performance that is both believable and fun to watch.
Everyone is amazing in this film including Chloë Grace Moretz who plays the daughter of a poverty stricken mother who likes to party and pleasure the local men so her daughter has to roam the streets most of the time.There are some disturbing scenes and images but nothing over the top or gory.
I don't want to give anything away but it's very riveting and memorable.
Apparently, over many decades, there has been a series of unsolved murders on a large piece of swampland, located between Houston, Texas and the Gulf Coast. The killings remain unsolved, in part, because police departments in different jurisdictions, for whatever reasons, did not share information. [I gleaned this data from the Internet, because it is not made clear in the movie.]
In this fictional screenplay, written by Donald F. Ferrarone and directed by Ami Canaan Mann (director Michael Mann's daughter), small town Texas cops Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Jessica Chastain are after a serial killer who is murdering young women and dumping their bodies in the swampland. Unlike with the real life homicides, they do solve their case, but there are a couple of intriguing, quite surprising "red herrings" along the way.
The performances in TEXAS KILLING FIELDS are first-rate, even if some of the character's motivations are not apparent in the script. What the film really lacks is some backstory, particularly for the detective played by Morgan, as well as a scene in which everything is put into context.
The DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment contains audio commentary by Mann and Ferrarone.
© Michael B. Druxman
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Very good and EXCELLENT movie. I love the plot and this film twists and turns. You really should watch it.Published 7 days ago by Chris P Melillo
this was awful.i like the actors but the movie gave us no idea who any of the characters are ,or backgrounds.not worth watchingPublished 9 days ago by kenneth barlow
The movie was a little slow, but it was still a good movie over all. I found out about the movie watching ID (a murder mystery TV channel). Read morePublished 12 days ago by KBennie599
I bought this movie on the recommendation of a friend. Rates right down there with the worst movies I've ever attempted to watch. I fell asleep about 15 minutes in. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Rita
I use to be a cop so I really enjoyed this movies It was based on true events & kind of gave you a feel for how hard it was for the community!!!Published 1 month ago by Bob & Patty
Enjoyed the movie but they should have put more emphasis on all of the other girls.Published 3 months ago by catherine pastrana