8/10
Mystic River may be a calm river in the Boston area, yet these waters are also the home to some very dark secrets. I don’t feel Sean Penn deserved an Oscar for this performance, but his character is the driving force behind this story that is a slow burn to a finale you won’t expect. Clint Eastwood does a great job leading you down several different paths to the killer, who we may or may not know from the beginning. This story gets solid performances from Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, and Laurence Fishburne, which reminds us that the bonds of friendship are deep, but breakable.

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