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The River Murders 2011 R CC

3.5 out of 5 stars (47) IMDb 5.3/10

A homicide detective's past comes back to haunt him when his ex-girlfriends become the target of a serial killer who's out to destroy him.

Starring:
Ray Liotta, Christian Slater
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Mystery
Director Rich Cowan
Starring Ray Liotta, Christian Slater
Supporting actors Ving Rhames, Gisele Fraga, Sarah Ann Schultz, Michael Rodrick, Melora Walters, Chris Leblanc, Raymond J. Barry, Serena Caryl, Trent A. Chastain, C.R. Clatworthy, Wes Deitrick, Cindy Dolenc, Alex Donnolo, Tony Doupe, Kelly B. Eviston, Aaron Farb, Rachel Handler, Nike Imoru
Studio North by Northwest Entertainment
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2011
Format: DVD
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.

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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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"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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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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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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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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Wow! Ray Liotta's cop character has had almost as many female conquests as "Two and a Half Men's" Charlie Harper! Unfortunately, some of his exes are being gruesomely murdered. Is Liotta the killer? That's the dilemma in this slow-moving but intriguing B-movie.
Even though the killer's identity is revealed early on, his motivation is concealed but obvious at the same time.
Liotta, so good in GOODFELLAS and NARC, gives an oddly uneven performance, bouncing all over the place, underacting key scenes and overacting in lower-key moments. He has little chemistry with his wife, an underwhelming Gisele Fragas, but has some good scenes with Ving Rhames, who is wasted as his partner. Christian Slater drops by between his cancelled TV series to caricaturize an FBI profiler. Michael Rodrick as the disturbed John is the most effective performer, his pretty boy looks masking a dark secret. The religious overtone of the film is accentuated by a haunting musical score and there is some lovely Washington state scenery, even though it's always raining.
THE RIVER MURDERS often plays like an episode of 48 HOURS MYSTERY, but I got involved in its script, despite the movie's obvious flaws. Crime enthusiasts should be entertained but it's not the most memorable of the genre's lot.
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