I frequently bemoan films that drag on for too long and fail to support their bloated productions. » Most of you have probably never heard of Tavernier, which is a shame as he has at least two masterpieces under his belt. You don't get a face that lined for nothing, after all. Burke's elegant language also makes its way into the voiceover, giving an unusually literary air to the proceedings, and offering Jones especially some wonderful soliloquoys and dialogue. A series of brutal murders has left the Louisiana locals terrified, as bodies of slain young women continue to surface. Robicheaux spends his days not drinking, but still hangs around in bars, just to make his life that little bit more difficult. Nothing special or outstanding in this one but it was entertaining and it flowed along nicely.
I happen to like Heaven's Prisoners a lot more than anyone has any right to, and I think Tommy Lee Jones is a very good replacement for Baldwin. As usual the movie left out a few scenes from the book. Can one man, especially one in his unstable condition, uncover the truth and end the rash of violence in the bayou? The place names, the rustic look of old frame houses, the backwater bayous with lush vegetation, those wonderful Louisiana accents, the outdoor barbecue at a plantation house. Films that leave an audience with questions - even if those questions leave them right royally peeved - are fine. This disc also includes a Dolby Digital 5.
The dialogue is clear and the music is as well, not much else to discuss in this case. This Blu-ray delivers a nice transfer and audio, but a complete lack of supplements. That's where the film's set. Maybe it's an off-the-wall indie? Then there's the matter of the film's theatrical and home video release. Unfortunately what they ended up with was a Fantasy Island episode shot in the bayou.
Downtrodden, world weary, lost - these are just a few of the adjectives that tend to accompany the sorts of roles he plays. Like Robicheaux, movie star Sykes is an alcoholic, but one that is certainly not reformed. I found contrast to be flawless, while colors appear natural and consistent. Twice filmakers have well casted and made well intentioned adaptations of the books, and twice they have not come through as they should have. I thought Goodman makes a great villain Baby Feet as well. Based on a James Lee Burke novel, In The Electric Mist features a lead performance by Jones.
Extras: Only the theatrical trailer is offered. Still, it would seem like a movie with Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman and Peter Sarsgaard could be worthy of your Netflix queue. I suspect the scene was shot, but all cut from the movie except at the end when you see Baby Feet hitting a ball with a bat while Dave describes his fate, but that is all you see. Like most great books seldom does the movie live up to the book. However, after the completion of the producers' cut of the film, Tavernier went back to the picture and created his own 'director's cut' of the film, running 117 minutes. Tommy Lee Jones is the perfect David Robicheaux, this character was meant for him to play.
Dave Robicheaux, a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana, is trying to link the murder of a local hooker to New Orleans mobster Julie Baby Feet Balboni, who is co-producer of a Civil War film. In The Electric Mist Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones leads an all-star cast in this psychological thriller based on the bestselling novel by James Lee Burke. I read the novel twice; it was that good. An expert case and some interesting characters made this book adaptation fun to watch. So, when it turns up again at the film's coda, you quite simply don't care. Well done and entertaining film. Thankfully, the banjo duels are few and far between.
At least the director's cut is the way Tavernier preferred; and actually a middling thriller that is worthy of giving a spin. I'm not sure I liked seeing the scenes of post Katrina New Orleans as the book is + 15 years old, long before Katrina but the scenes were interesting. It's usually a desperate attempt to make difficult and unique films more palatable to a mass commercial audience, but the results are often mediocre to disastrous. The acting is serviceable in both versions, but the lack of a back story and thus motivation makes some of the character actions seem out of place and silly. In the Electric Mist's narrative is like a full clothes line blowing in the end. Perhaps something profound was lost in the editing process or perhaps Bertrand Tavernier should stick to making films in French.
The arrangement works well, as the movie sounds good and I have no complaints to lodge. Director Bertrand Tavernier has incredible visual flair throughout the film, framing several scenes with considerable panache. However, reports surfaced that Tavernier and the film's star, Tommy Lee Jones, did not get along, and the producers were not happy with the director's version. Not eye popping per se, but well detailed throughout. This movie is based on one of the middle books and that may leave viewers who aren't familiar with the series a little baffled. Only sporadic discrete effects liven the mix, though I did like some effective moments of sustained ambiance and good score bleed.
It's the best element of the film, by far. Layers of corruption and long-dead secrets reawaken grudges and a lethal alliance A tangled web of killings, past and present, converges in a shocking showdown with stakes that become deeply personal to Robicheaux and his family. Too many subplots mean that the murder case that's meant to be the film's meat is, at times, almost completely forgotten. Tavernier also has an ace in Jones. There is a whole local dynamic that further obscures the truth for him.