In The Electric Mist (2009)

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A small town detective hunts a serial murderer while contending not only with his own alcoholism but also that of a visiting movie star.

I can’t say I’d ever heard of this film but decided to give it a go based on the presence of Tmmy Lee Jones and John Goodman and I must say that they didn’t disappoint. Jones proves he can still play the tough guy at his ripe old age and all of the scenes when he’s being grampa bad ass are easily the best. It’s one of those crime thrillers that tries a little too hard to show the “local colour” and some of the peripheral characters and sub-plots are not entirely convincing but the central concept of “Swamp Noir” really worked for me. The minor affectation of his conversations with a dead confederate general are something you’ll either accept or not but as a whole I enjoyed it.

It’s a shame that the ending was a little bit of an anti-climax as the showdown was rather short lived but thanks to a strong central performance In The Electric Mist is well worth a look.

6/10

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