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Mystic River


Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne View All


Clint Eastwood (Director), Brian Helgeland (Screenplay) View All

Release: Oct. 7th, 2003
Runtime: 2 hours, 18 minutes
The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.
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8 Mystic River
Starring: Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Laurence Fishbourne, and Laura Linney The movie is directed by Clint Eastwood. It's about a guy who's daughter is found murdered, and an investigatio...
39 Mystic River
This film is amazing. Breathtaking in every way, and every aspect. Penn deserves an Oscar. This was his best performance, and if the Academy doesn't reward him, then I've lost every shread o...

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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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