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on 25 March 2017
Very atmospheric down there in the Deep South and that was partly what made the film enjoyable. That and the superb Tommy Lee of course.
However I'm not convinced that the novel was successfully adapted for the movie. The story seemed disjointed in places, perhaps because a book can elaborate better than a screenplay can.
I'd still recommend anyone to go watch the film.
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This is for the french blue ray of the 117 minute film.
Not the UK cut version.
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on 4 April 2011
My wife picked this film up because of the bargain price and we watched it across Saturday and Sunday night. Across two nights? Yes, because she fell asleep first time around but stayed awake on the next night while I struggled to do so. The film is shot very well, giving a real sense of its Louisiana location, and Tommy Lee Jones gives a typically committed performance as the alcoholic Lt. Dave Robicheaux. It's a slow-burning story, revolving around Robicheaux, his family and a murder he witnessed many years earlier. Unfortunately it's often so slow it's practically stationary.

Several deep south themes are interwoven: slavery and racism, the Civil War, blackmail and corruption, gumbo and Dr Pepper (eh?). There's no denying the atmosphere created, and the acting is generally strong though blues legend Buddy Guy seems to be reading off an autocue (at least he gets a chance to play guitar later). But Southern Comfort, Deliverance or Mississippi Burning have equal atmosphere and are much better films.

The ending has to be one of the biggest anti-climaxes since Scatman Crothers' arrival at the Overlook Hotel (in The Shining). I won't spoil it but suffice to say I laughed and it's not intended to be funny. Some other reviews have mentioned that 20 minutes have been cut from this version and, despite not having seen the full version, I can imagine that as some strands of the story are under-developed.

The blu-ray begins with a series of trailers for straight to DVD chick flicks, all of which are in (sub)standard definition. Fortunately the movie is in HD and is pretty sharp though has signs of over-sharpening during the transfer. The cinematography is beautiful though and it's a shame that the pace or re-editing of the story lets it down.
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on 6 September 2017
I liked this film. I think it's one of his better ones
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on 28 March 2017
Excellent very happy with my buy
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on 19 February 2015
A very good movies darkness and a powerful story the actors is very good tommy and jhon bertrand tavernier is a great french director generous and good guy
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on 23 October 2017
Classic DVD
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on 18 July 2017
All good thankyou
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on 25 December 2017
Not the original version this version has been cut
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 May 2015
In The Electric Mist is a fascinating atmospheric film directed by Betrand Tavernier set in post Katrina Louisiana which effectively conveys a sense of time and place. Tommy Lee Jones is at his phlegmatic best as craggy, persistent police detective Dave Robicheaux, a recovering alcoholic investigating the murders of teenage girls while also taking an interest in the discovery of a decayed corpse. The pace of the narrative is necessarily low-key and somnambulant in keeping with the humid oppressive bayous. The inclusion of a supernatural element in the form of imagined conversations between Confederate general John Bell Hood and Robicheaux is intriguing – “the battle is never over”, observes Hood. Although the plotting is slightly complex the screenplay and cinematography never deviate from depicting Louisiana in a way which reminded me of the excellent TV series True Detective. Although Jones’ assured central performance dominates he is surrounded by quality actors producing quality performances, and although some might disapprove of the Chandleresque voiceover I thought that it enhanced rather than detracted. This is a film which I would definitely watch again.
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