Very few movies are there which leaves its mark for reminiscence. Clint Eastwood’s ‘Mystic River’ is one of its kinds, beautifully crafted & well oriented drama which deals with the dark aspects of human nature.
It’s a story about three friends, Jimmy, Sean & Dave living in the working class neighborhood of Boston. After an awful tragedy all three of them drift apart. Years after circumstances bring them together when Jimmy’s daughter Katie is found brutally murdered & Dave seems to be the prime suspect. Time has taken its toll; we see all three into different roles, Jimmy as an ex con running an utility store, Dave a blue collar worker & Sean a detective with the Massachusetts State Police, who tries to unfold the mystery behind Katie’s murder.
Tim Robbins as Dave had been terrific, his second best performance since ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. Sean Penn as Jimmy brought the image of the distressed father puffing with vengeance to perfection. Kevin Bacon as Sean rolled between the two to balance the story. Apart from the powerful cast, Eastwood have created a masterpiece of family, friendship & innocence lost. He used everything to make this narrative as gripping as possible. Being a drama the pacing had been kept slow but definitely worthwhile the wait. Give this movie a try, highly recommended.