Three childhood friends are reunited when
one of them is struck with a family tragedy.
Mystic River (2003)
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Written by Brian Helgeland
Starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, Tom Guiry, Kevin Chapman, Emmy Rossum, Spencer Treat Clark
Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane
Oscar Wins - Best Actor (Sean Penn), Best Supporting Actor
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress
(Marcia Gay Harden), Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay
Mystic River is one of the most heart-wrenching, well-acted movies I've seen in a long time. This story of three men torn apart by childhood trauma only to be reunited by a tragic murder is incredible. Clint Eastwood is a visionary director and he's proved it yet again with this film.
Sean Penn earned every award he raked in for his role as Jimmy Markum, a father struck with tragedy after his daughter is murdered. The scene where he learns his daughter Katie is dead is some of the best acting of his entire career and is most likely the scene that won him an Oscar. The entire cast has impeccable chemistry, particularly Tim Robbins, who pulled off the impressive task of misdirection (or maybe, he didn't). His performance was equal parts disturbing and electrifying.
This film shows the solidarity of Boston and how one's past mistakes can come back to haunt them in the worst way. Mystic River is truly one of the best crime dramas of the decade, giving us all a glimpse into the darkest depths of a family's shattered psyche.