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  • Boxed-product Weight: 82 g
  • Manufacturer reference: 5017239142369
  • ASIN: B007R2L5H6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 3 April 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 April 2012
Format: DVD
This is a truly brilliant film, it is based loosely on the case of women who were picked up in the I-45 and dumped in an oil field in League City Texas. It opens out at a crime scene where a girl's body has been found the two homicide detectives turn up to secure the crime scene. Brian Heigh played by Jeffery Dean Morgan (`Watchmen') he prays over her, his partner is less close to god and decidedly the bad cop of the pairing. He is Mike Souther (Sam Worthington), he is divorced from Detective Pam Stall (Jessica Chastain) who works in the adjoining jurisdiction and seems to rely quite heavily on their support. Only she has a corpse too, and then they find that strangled phone calls are being made from the bayou area; a place known as the Killing Fields.

As the suspects mount so does the body count. The personal riffs in all of the players lives often get in the way and there are so many ambiguous characters that you are kept guessing for a time. We also have child drug addicts, pimps and some trailer trash low life that all add to the mix. There are moments that are truly scary and not a single performance is in the foothills of bad. Jeffrey Dean Morgan does a magnificent job of the Catholic racked with guilt trying to do good in a very bad world and finally cracking in an absolutely convincing way.

The music sounded very Tindersticks and actually is in the form of erstwhile member Dickon Hinchliffe, and as expected is bloody marvellous and gets the atmosphere smack on. The framing of shots is superb and the pace is perfectly timed to keep the tension up without giving you the vapours. This was supposed to be directed by Slumdog tedium maker Danny Boyle, but he dropped out saying it was too dark to ever be made.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Monsieur on 28 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
Some poorer reviews nearly put me off this film - don't despair.
This is a well acted and sometimes pretty scary thriller. The storyline develops well and the killing fields of texas are an added assett. I'd never heard about this area of the USA and it brings to mind the Bayou and other less-salubrious cultures of the country.
A good, intelligent and fast moving film which is well worth watching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
The film opens with the over used phrase, "Inspired by true events." Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan play two detectives in Texas City, Texas. They are investigating a murder of a young female while having to take care of domestic cases as a subplot. Jessica Chastain (The Help) plays CSI Det. Pam Stall. She is the ex-wife of Sam Worthington and investigating a disappearance in the "Killing Field." She requests the assistance of our two Texas City detectives who initially refuse because it is out of their jurisdiction. She is a "Dirty Harriet" type. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is from New York and plays the "good cop" as opposed to Worthington's "bad cop" role. Later we see their roles reverse. There has been 50 unsolved murders involving the Killing Field. Once a girl goes missing there, they are never found alive.

Chloë Grace Moretz plays a young troubled teen, taken in by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. When the killer decides to play a cat and mouse game with the cops, Chloë Grace Moretz becomes a missing pawn. The acting was excellent, even Worthington who I don't normally like. I enjoyed the steel guitar soundtrack. The plot lacked a good twist and needed a little more depth. If you enjoy a police crime drama, check it out. As a mystery... there are not enough characters for that.

F-bomb, no sex or nudity. Adult sex talk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By godzilla78 VINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
Loosly based upon real events considering that on-one has ever been charged for the numerous murders in "the killing fields". Here the good guys get their man and we have a sugar coated ending which goes against the reality of the situation. First off, the film has many more weaknesses than strengths and some plot threads are never dealt with which leads to a disjointed final product.

The first opportunity missed is the actual killing fields. Its a barren landscape off a highway which spans over 50 miles and is essentially desolate and bleak which makes it perfect to commit such horrible crimes. But the film rarely shows the terrain for more than a few seconds from time to time, when really the geography should have been put to better use. The subject matter is dark but the atmosphere is never fully exploited which is a shame.

The film follows the two detectives investigating the numerous deaths. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is the religious and methodical of the two who prefers to ask questions first whilst Sam Worthington is brash, agressive and lacks tact. Morgan is great as a family man tortured by his failings to stop the killer whilst Worthington is...well, he's the same bloke in almost every other one of his films, devoid of charisma. The supporting cast is rather small and given little to do. The conclusion is rather poor with virtually no explanation given to the actions of certain characters (the guy with the tatoo's who drives the green car for example). Whilst it's fine to hint at certain ideas, I feel it was lazy to then virtually ignore them at the same time.

The film had most of the ingredients to be fairly entertaining but completely fudges the conclusion and makes a mockery of the events which have taken place and ultimately inspired the film. The history of "the killing fields" is certainly more interesting than the film itself.
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