Mystic River

Forever prisoners of the past.

Haunted by an incident from their youth, three friends grow up to be enemies in Clint Eastwood’s searing take on Dennis Lehane’s novel.

In the present, Kevin Bacon is a cop, Sean Penn a semi-reformed criminal, and Tim Robbins a lost soul — linked by their childhood tragedy, and reunited by a new horror.

As they warily circle one another, new bad decisions are piled on top of old ones, and the trio find they can’t outrun their own fear and anger.

A beautiful bummer of a film which crackles with dread in every frame.

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