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Mystic River


Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden View All


Clint Eastwood (Director) View All

Released: Oct. 8th, 2003
Runtime: 2 hours, 18 minutes
A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
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But in this movie, it's Penn's performance that really anchors this movie for me.
Despite his own Oscar win, I find Sean Penn to be the weak link in the lead trio - as the murder victim's father, he does get a fair bit to work with but his acting comes across as fairly unimpressive for most of the time, especially his reaction to the sight of his daughter's corpse that leads to a screaming session of Nicolas Cage quality (I mean, just look at that screencap).
During the scene where Sean Penn's character steps into the morgue where his daughter Katie (Emmy Rossum) is lying on the slate dead, and when he is emotionally promising revenge, Rossum burst into tears, saying that "the scene was so powerful and moving and Sean Penn was so amazing".
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