Mystic River Blu-ray Review – Outstanding 2003 Crime Drama by Director Clint Eastwood

I’ve watched all of the films that Clint Eastwood has starred in to date but not all of the ones he has directed. One film in particular I missed out on was the crime drama Mystic River from 2003. So on to my Mystic River blu-ray review. The cast is pretty strong with Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon and Laurence Fishbourne starring to name just a few.

mystic river blu-ray review
  • Mystic River (2003)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Directed by Clint Eastwood
  • Running Time: 138 mins
  • UK Rating 15
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Warner Bros
  • Blu-ray Released: 8 February 2010

Plot

Three boys Jimmy, Sean and Dave are playing hockey in a street in Boston when a car draws up and orders one of them to get in. Following this event their lives are never the same. Skip forward several years and the three are now adults with their lives taking very different paths.

Jimmy runs a store, Sean is now a police detective and Dave seems trapped by the past. However following a murder the three former childhood friends are thrust back together.


Style / Direction

Mystic River as I mention earlier is a film directed by Clint Eastwood. Tom Stern was tasked with handling the cinematography. Eastwood films are all very well made in my opinion and Mystic River is no exception. He skilfully gets on with allowing the characters and story to unfold in a natural way. The film is extremely well shot and has a stylish feel. In fact I had no real complaints with the direction.

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Music / Audio Effects

Interestingly Clint Eastwood also provides the music for the movie and it fits rather well.


Acting / Characters

Sean Penn plays Jimmy, Kevin Bacon is Sean and Tim Robbins plays Dave. Their lives could not be more different. Jimmy has done time and now runs a local store, whilst Sean is now a police detective. That leaves Dave and following that incident in his childhood is the one still disturbed by those events.

The acting is simply amazing and I really recommend giving this film a look just for those performances alone.

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Cast

  • Sean Penn as James “Jimmy” Markum
  • Jason Kelly as young Jimmy Markum
  • Tim Robbins as Dave Boyle
  • Cameron Bowen as young Dave Boyle
  • Kevin Bacon as Detective Sean Devine
  • Connor Paolo as young Sean Devine
  • Laurence Fishburne as Detective Sergeant Whitey Powers
  • Marcia Gay Harden as Celeste Samarco Boyle
  • Laura Linney as Annabeth Markum
  • Tom Guiry as Brendan Harris
  • Spencer Treat Clark as “Silent Ray” Harris Jr.
  • Andrew Mackin as John O’Shea
  • Emmy Rossum as Katie Markum
  • Jenny O’Hara as Esther Harris
  • Kevin Chapman as Val Savage
  • Adam Nelson as Nick Savage
  • Robert Wahlberg as Kevin Savage
  • Cayden Boyd as Michael Boyle
  • John Doman as Driver
  • Tori Davis as Lauren Devine
  • Jonathan Togo as Pete
  • Will Lyman as FBI Special Agent Birden
  • Ari Graynor as Eve Pigeon
  • Ken Cheeseman as Dave’s Friend in Bar
  • Michael McGovern as 1975 reporter

Conclusion: Mystic River (2003) Film Review

With a cast as strong as this you might hope for something special to occur and it does. The film begins with three friends as children, Jimmy, Sean and Dave. Following a serious incident things between the three are never the same again. The film then skips forward to the adult versions of these characters to a time where a murder takes place which brings the three back together.

In some ways the film creates a similar feeling as Stephen King’s Stand By Me or It. That said the story is a compelling one and certainly has you unsure whether one of the central characters’s is lying and trying to cover something up.

It really is a must see movie and one I cannot speak highly enough about.

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Conclusion: Mystic River Blu-ray Review

The picture quality is excellent as you would expect from a Warner Bros blu-ray release.

Extras
  • Commentary by Tim Robbins & Kevin Bacon
  • Dennis Lehane Tours the Boston Neighbourhood
  • The Charlie Rose Show Interviews with Clint Eastwood, Tim Robbins & Kevin Bacon
  • Theatrical Trailers
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On to my movie rating for Mystic River (2003)

Recommended Films
  • Movie Rating: MUST SEE
  • Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
  • Extras: GOOD

Amazon UK Links

Mystic River (2003) is available now on blu-ray.

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Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version

That concludes my Mystic River blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more Clint Eastwood movies soon. What’s next? Check back soon…

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Summary: Mystic River (2003) Blu-ray Review
mystic river blu-ray review

Movie title: Mystic River (2003)

Duration: 138 mins

Director(s): Clint Eastwood

Actor(s): Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne

Genre: Crime, Drama

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Picture Rating
  • Extras
4.7

Summary

Another fabulous film from director Clint Eastwood

Pros

Directed by Clint Eastwood
Fabulous Cast
Compelling Story

Cons

None

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