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Movie review: In the Electric Mist

In the Electric Mist
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Movie review: In the Electric Mist

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Dave has lived in the south his whole life and seen a lot of changes but when he grows up to become a local cop, things he has seen may come back. And they may start to make sense. As a rash of murders takes place he and his family are thrown into a whirling mess of movie stars, mobsters, secrets, and mysteries.

Tommy Lee Jones (Dave Robicheaux), John Goodman (Balboni), Peter Sarsgaard (Elrod), Kelly Macdonald (Kelly), Mary Steenburgen (Bootsie Robicheaux), Justina Machado (Rosie), Buddy Guy (Hogman).

This movie kicked off pretty well by combining plot and character development right from the start. We wonder for a little while where it is headed but it is early in the film so just let it go. Soon enough things start to get more and more strange and you realize you are trying to solve a mystery before you even know what it is. The movie just begs for you to guess how it will end, and chances are you may be wrong. With some nice twists and no after-school-special ending, this one keeps you interested right to the end.

Acting was pretty good by everyone involved and there were a lot of names in this film, though not all big names. The sole disappointment was Sarsgaard who just didn’t play a believable drunk or movie star. Macdonald was a shining star that I didn’t recognize but enjoyed very much. It was also nice to see Buddy Guy in an acting role, not just with a guitar.

Sets, special effects, camera work, sound and dialogue all contributed to the quality of the film. This doesn’t appear to have been a low budget film and was made well.

Overall this was a very enjoyable thriller well worth watching. Mystery and thriller fans will probably enjoy this one quite a bit.

Violence, foul language, brief nudity, brief implied sexual scenes, so save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2009
Reviewed: 3.18.14
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Gangster Movies, Mysteries

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