Mystic River

Well, the trifecta of depressing movies is complete. Sean Penn and Tim Robbins both turn in excellent performances in their respective roles, but I’m beginning to wonder if Hollywood has forgotten how to make happy endings. The movie’s setting, story, and its commentary on vigilantism all borrow heavily from 1996’s Sleepers (right down to the ubiquitous presence of Kevin Bacon), which I think, in the end, is a much better movie. The Oscar buzz surrounding the acting in this one is understandable, but if you are looking for a even more powerful story, and more interesting characters, rent Sleepers.

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