This film revolves around three childhood friends who fell out of touch after a tragedy, then many years later are reunited when one of the guy's daughter is murdered; one of them is the cop investigating the murder and the other is a suspect. Mystic River is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden and Laura Linney.
There are a lot of positives to this film, which are: the story is really good, great character development, the acting is incredible, the story progression is perfect and there is a lot of intrigue and tension. To expand, the story in this film is fantastic as it shows how the characters were and then their lives change drastically which makes the characters develop and make decisions that change the course of the plot. The way this comes across on screen is done brilliantly because of the fantastic acting, the three leads in this film execute their roles perfectly and the academy awards won by Sean Penn and Tim Robbins are definitely earned. As plot points are hidden throughout the film (where was Dave, who killed Katie etc.) there is a lot of intrigue and that intrigue holds as little bits of the truth are slowly revealed across the length of the film.
There are very few negatives to this film and the ones I can think of at the moment are that I wasn't emotionally attached to the characters and there is some moments of overacting. The overacting in the film isn't much of an issue as it happened very infrequently and doesn't take you out of the film.
Overall I thought this film was fantastic and as I have now reviewed all the Dennis Lehane adaptations so far (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island) and all of them are brilliant, it gives me hope that The Drop is going to be great as well. Back on to Mystic River, pretty much everything in this film was perfect and it is one of the best crime thrillers I have seen. So taking everything into consideration I rate this film: