In the Electric Mist (Bertrand Tavernier) 2009

You know, usually I dismiss movies like this as the Direct to Video crap Blockbuster usually shills out.  There were two things that made me reconsider: its got Tommy Lee Jones, and this is one of the few DTV movies that I saw frequent television ads for.  Also it did look semi-interesting as Jones playing a sheriff investigating a murder.  I should have stuck with my first instinct.

Anyway Jones plays Dave Robicheaux, a sheriff in some podunk county in Louisiana.  Dave gets in the middle of investigating the murder of a young girl and a 40 year old case of a black man getting shot.  Really this movie is just one big NBC Mystery Movie of the Week with a bigger budget than most.  I half expected it to be penned by Nora Roberts and starring Tom Selleck.  Everything about it is just so bland and standard and TV movie of the week.

The plot is bad just because any amount of common sense cop work would solve this case.  There is one scene where Dave is framed for murder.  Dave is shot at in the dark and Dave fires blindly in that same direction.  When he goes over to investigate, he finds the body of an informant he was going to meet thereby framing him for murder.  Of course that becomes a plot cul de sac when the cops get it through their thick skulls that the bullets from Dave’s gun don’t match the one in the victim’s head and, oh yeah, the victim was dead about 32 hours prior to Dave’s incident!  We are not talking CSI future crime lab work, we are talking about common f*cking sense!  That’s 20 minutes wasted and that is just one example of the type of writing throughout the entire movie.

Okay, let’s talk about the acting.  The acting is all phoned in.  You are enticed by actors like Jones, and John Goodman, and Peter Sarsgaard but they all drone through their lines like they got better sh*t to do.  Jones is probably the worst offender of this movie.  He stumbles through like he drank a quart of Robitussin before every scene and every once in a while tries a half hearted Creole accent.

One final thing before I wrap up this review.  The ending came out of nowhere and is one of the most WTF moments of this year.  Its so bad I have to share it.

Okay so at one point Dave’s Dr. Pepper was spiked with LSD and he hallucinates a conversation with a Confederate general from the Civil War.  He continues to have little pow wows with the general during the movie even when the LSD wears off and his family thinks he’s crazy (I almost expected him to have conversations with Jesus ala Rescue Me).  At the end of the movie everything is being wrapped up by narration and we cut to Dave’s daughter looking over an old Civil War history book.  She flips to one page with a photo where we see the unit with the Confederate general and we see Dave.  In fact, his daughter makes the statement “Dave!?” and the movie ends.  WHAT THE F*CK DOES THAT MEAN!?!?!?  What, is Tommy Lee Jones a reincarnated Civil War soldier?  Is he a time traveler?  Is he in fact, an immortal like Connor McLeod?  Was he somehow absorbed by evil like Jack Torrence at the end of the Shining? Is he a shape shifter?  This twist comes out of nowhere and it means absolutely nothing!  What the f*ck are we supposed to make of it?  ITS JUST….AAAAAAARRRRRGGGH!!!

Don’t watch this movie.  Skip it for the DTV sh*t it is.

One Response to “In the Electric Mist (Bertrand Tavernier) 2009”

  1. Who killed the prostitutes? Who made the framing? Didn’t get it.

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