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