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The River Murders (2011)

Ray Liotta , Ving Rhames , Rich Cowan  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ray Liotta, Ving Rhames, Christian Slater, Gisele Fraga, Michael Rodrick
  • Directors: Rich Cowan
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00596WFE4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,051 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The River Murders seeks to find horror gold in the fusion of religious obsession and gruesome violence. Detective Jack Verdon (Ray Liotta) finds his life torn apart when a serial killer starts to murder women from his past in the same horrific way. The mystery of who the killer is and how he knows so much about Verdon's sexual history is a strong plot hook (preposterous yet engaging, like many good thrillers), but the dialogue ranges from workmanlike to clumsy to insulting. Liotta coasts blithely through the movie, apparently just picking up a paycheck; the other name actors, Ving Rhames and Christian Slater, don't try much harder. The lesser-known cast members, like Sarah Ann Schultz and Michael Rodrick, put in more effort with good results. The River Murders seems like it wanted to dive into the disturbing waters of Seven or at least the under-the-skin creeps of torture porn like Hostel, but it never manages to step beyond ogling the naked bodies of murdered women. --Bret Fetzer

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The sins of the past are not forgotten in this chilling suspense thriller starring Ray Liotta, Christian Slater and Ving Rhames. When the first body was discovered, it seemed a coincidence. But now homicide detective Jack Verdon (Liotta) has cause to worry: the victims of a series of brutal sex murders are all his former girlfriends. Suspected by the FBI agent who’s taken over the case (Slater) and suspended by his captain (Rhames), Jack must work outside the law if he’s to find the killer, save his future and protect what’s left of his past.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
"Twelve years ago I dated Sarah for four months, the last time we had sex was right down there. That makes me a suspect." After finding an old girlfriend murdered Detective Jack Verdon (Liotta) is suspended from the force. After more and more women from his past end up dead he starts his own investigation. This is a movie that really surprised me. I do like Liotta and Slater but lately their movies have not been that impressive to watch. This is a huge exception. While it had all the makings of a bad TV movie this became something more. I'm not saying this is amazing or anything new, it has the same plot of many of the CSI-type shows but seemed better then those to me. While this movie was not as tense as it wanted to be it still kept me watching and I enjoyed this very much. It may have been because of no expectations but I would recommend this. Overall, a very entertaining murder mystery movie that is better then expected. I give it a B.

Would I watch again? - I don't know if I will or not

*Also try - In Her Skin & Untraceable
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
In this crime drama set in the rainy Northwest, homicide detective Liotta is the FBI's prime suspect is a series of mutilation killings. All are women he's been intimate with in the past. With plot holes large enough to drive a Humvee through and an out-of-left-field twist solution, it's saved only by the efforts of a solid cast.

Liotta's looking well-preserved, if chunky. Slater does his patented smarmy Nicholson imitation. Rhames underplays it to good effect.

For fans of these three, well worth seeing.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(5.2) The River Murders (2011) - Ray Liotta/Ving Rhames/Christian Slater/Gisele Fraga/Sarah Ann Schultz/Michael Rodrick
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Passable Rainy Day Fare October 25, 2011
By MadMacs
I really enjoy when Liotta does human. Obviously, I'm referring to its adjective usage. He's so often cast as the psychotic nutter or conniving monster, it's fascinating seeing him display humble and vulnerable; a person grounded with clay feet.

There's a real kindness and touching quality to him when he's not being himself, or perhaps this is an aspect of his real self that we don't get to see very often. Whatever the case, and much like his incredible work in the fantastic 2004 film 'Control', I really appreciate these performances.

In this production Liotta plays Jack Verdon, a veteran police detective who finds himself at the crux of a series of murders that span the entire country. A brutal serial killer is on the loose and, one way or another, every death tracks back to him. Both his own department and the FBI have taken note - and they're looking for answers that he can't or won't supply. It's the latter option that has irked fellow law enforcement officers and placed suspicion onto Jack's actions, who seems unwilling to fully reveal his relationships to several of the victims.

It's clear he's being framed, but who can he trust? And what's really behind all the deaths?

The story itself is a cobbled patchwork of other similar films and themes, so don't expect any blindside plot shockers. Instead, if you're interested in seeing an actor going against type, then this fits into an unusual group of films that quietly blends and merges between strict definitions. In many ways this flick deviates from the action/thriller genre, under which it's categorized, and fits more into the character study of productions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liotta alone makes the movie watchable October 23, 2011
By Dennis
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If anyone other than Liotta had been in the movie it wouldnt have been worth watching. As usual the man comes through. A VERY underrated actor, partially because of a short term problem with drugs and alcohol, the man has "cleaned up" and even when he was having his "problems" I cannot recall seeing a movie that he appeared in that I didnt like.
I do recommend this movie.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The River Murders May 20, 2012
Starts off Good then just goes downhill,A Priest of course has to be involved and not in the best light sadly.Not Ray Liotta or his Funny Accented Wife can save the movie,Pretty much vulgar and sick.But I am sure that was the goal to shock in order to create "Art" which I have always found to be faux-art. The movie had potential but once it uses Religion in a negative Light to advance The Film makers agenda hidden or not then the movie is no longer a movie but a statement and therefore becomes just another form of bigotry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A significant hole in the plot April 2, 2012
It involves the DNA evidence. Police cleared Liotta's character via DNA evidence, while the murders were in progress -- his did not match that of the killer. But when performing the comparison, the DNA examiners should have observed something else that was extremely important.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The River Murders December 17, 2011
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This is a fine thriller! It is somewhat unbelievable, but I am glad I continued viewing it. The confrontation at the end made it all worth it. Good acting and fine atmosphere make this a must see!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love a mystery November 5, 2011
Ray Liotta was excellent in this performance. It had suspense mystery and a who done it at the end. All the things a good mystery should have. A movie about such a grim subject always allows the charater actor to delve into the dark side of danger and that element of suprise.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars river murders dvd
Love the suspense of the movie. Added to my collection of dvds. Also, The main actor, Ray Liota, sometimes surprise me, when he do god movies.
Published 6 months ago by Sheila E. Daluz
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery
This movie has so many twists in it that you keep trying to figure out who done it. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
Published 7 months ago by IrishGrl
2.0 out of 5 stars THE RIVER MURDERS is nasty and foulmouthed.
A nasty foulmouthed murder story about a middle-aged homicide detective
whose ex-bed partners - about a hundred of them - are dropping like flies,
killed by a handsome... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Walt H.
4.0 out of 5 stars HOW'D HE KNOW
Not a bad story and it held your iterest but unless I missed it; how in hell did his son get all the information on his father's girlfriends? Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rocky Loves Music
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad at its Best
If you are a Ray Liotta fan you may like it, but the story is bad, and sick on top of that. The only thing I can say good about this dvd is the reproduction of it is good, as good... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Classic
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Please....tired choice of villain
Good actors but very tired worn out villain. Hollywood you can do better than that! You have good actors, come up with a more clever plot.... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lisa M. Ludwig
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly good
I picked this movie as my third choice mainly because of the actors and a story line that might work. Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by Thomas J. Foley
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
Normally I would review the quality of the transfer media or product, but not the movie itself.

However, since this is only a DVD format, and a relatively new release, I... Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by M. Joy
3.0 out of 5 stars PARTNERS IN CRIME
A murderer is stalking the streets of a town in the Pacific Northwest. The women he's been killing have a distinct pattern to them and the clues he leaves behind don't let the... Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by Mark Turner
1.0 out of 5 stars its not worth your time
It's not worth your time. Watch striking distance with Bruce Willis instead. Same story only better. Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by M. Brewster
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