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In the Electric Mist
In the Electric Mist
Actors: Ned Beatty, John Goodman, Levon Helm, Tommy Lee Jones, Peter Sarsgaard
Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2009     1hr 42min

Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones leads an all-star cast in this psychological thriller based on the bestselling novel by James Lee Burke. — While on an investigation into a series of grisly murders, veteran detective Da...  more »
     
     

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Actors: Ned Beatty, John Goodman, Levon Helm, Tommy Lee Jones, Peter Sarsgaard
Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/03/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 42min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 6
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 5/11/2014...
You really had to pay attention to this movie. Other then that it was a good movie.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Julie A. from AUSTIN, TX
Reviewed on 2/23/2014...
A little hard to follow, must really pay attention.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Mario S. from MONTGOMRY VLG, MD
Reviewed on 9/24/2011...
Liked this movie, kind of unexpected because I had never heard of it.
1 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jim W. (Bonez) from COVINGTON, WA
Reviewed on 9/2/2010...
I found that reading the book first then watching the movie is the best as the movie does leave alot out and you would not be in the dark about what is going on as much. Makes the movie easier to watch and understand what is going on. The book is by James Lee Burke and is a Dave Robicheaux Novel called "In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead.
1 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

A Must-See for Robicheaux Fans
Brian Baker | Santa Clarita, CA | 03/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is the second film adaptation of one of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series, the first being "Heaven's Prisoners" with Alec Baldwin horribly miscast as Robicheaux.

In this film, Tommy Lee Jones is perfectly cast as Robicheaux, capturing all the nuance of the literary character: the alcoholic obsessions, the need to impose justice, his essential toughness and goodness.

This is a pretty faithful adaptation of the novel, and captures the flavor of the books, as well as the Louisiana settings. In all honesty, this was almost exactly how I'd pictured it from reading the books.

But a caveat: if you haven't read the books, you're probably not going to enjoy this movie, which is probably why in the USA it was released directly to DVD. Burke's novels are very introspective, which makes for interesting literature, but slow movies. There's plenty of drama, with several murders, corruption, and depravity to spare. But the books - and this movie - are at their hearts character studies of the Robicheaux character. This is more akin to "Smilla's Sense of Snow" than "Dirty Harry".

I loved it; your mileage may vary.

"
Well Casted but only for those who have read the books
Shogun Len | Arizona | 01/20/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I am a huge fan of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux books. I have read most of them and most of them have been top notch. Unlike most series, Burke's actually gets better and better and just when you think its peaked, he writes something better.

Having read so many of the books, I always pictured either Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin (in his younger, lighter days) and Tommy Lee Jones as Dave. 2/3 predictions have come true. Tommy Lee Jones is the perfect David Robicheaux, this character was meant for him to play.

In the Electric Mist is one of the best books in the series, so how come with a great book and great casting the movie is only ok?

The problem is the movie itself is very very inside. The screen writers did too good a job adapting the story from the book. Remember the book is a middle book of a very long running series. As a fan and reader of the series, I knew who everyone was and how they got there. The problem for the mass audience will be that they will have no idea who half the people are and the film does not really give any answers.

This unfortunately will be a film liked by those who have read the books, and not fully understood by those who have not.

Twice filmakers have well casted and made well intentioned adaptations of the books, and twice they have not come through as they should have."
Not the Director's Cut but Still Very Entertaining
Cubist | United States | 03/03/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In the Electric Mist marks legendary French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier's first North American-made motion picture and, based on the troubles he encountered while making it, perhaps his last. Tavernier, a big fan of American crime fiction (he previously adapted Jim Thompson's Pop. 1280 into Coup de Torchon - Criterion Collection), jumped at the chance to bring James Lee Burke's bestselling novel In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead to the big screen. However, reports surfaced that Tavernier and the film's star, Tommy Lee Jones, did not get along, and the producers were not happy with the director's version. As a result, the version released on DVD in North America is the producers' cut and not Tavernier's.

Tavernier does an excellent job capturing the local color of the area in the scenes where protagonist Dave Robicheaux (Tommy Lee Jones) canvases the locals. The entire film was shot on location and this only enhances the authenticity of the story's setting which is rich in atmosphere - also helped by the liberal use of blues and zydeco music. The cinematography has a textured quality to it that really brings out the lushness of the region.

The cast is outstanding with Tommy Lee Jones doing his patented gruff yet savvy lawman, Peter Sarsgaard portraying a boozy actor, and John Goodman as a scene-stealing mobster with a genial facade that barely masks a threatening demeanor. The cast is rounded out by fascinating veteran character actors like Mary Steenburgen, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Ned Beatty.

Despite the production and post-production problems that plagued the film, this version is engaging and entertaining but one still wonders what Tavernier's original cut is like.

Sadly, the only special features are a theatrical trailer but considering the bad blood between director and the producers this is hardly suprising."