Texas Killing Fields

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Texas Killing Fields
Being the daughter of a major moviemaker has its advantages. Having attempted solo flight with her low-budget 2001 debut ‘Morning’, it’s taken Ami Canaan Mann ten years – and the presence of dad Michael in the producer’s chair – to get to this sophomore effort. Luckily, she does a bang-up job of directing this intriguing but scattershot ‘based on real events’ police procedural. The place is Texas City, a gritty, blue collar desert town where tough-talking cops Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Sam Worthington are on the trail of a murderer who has been dumping bodies in the nearby swamp. ‘Texas Killing Fields’ is a film of great moments – a nail-biting home invasion, a seedy cameo from Stephen Graham, just about any of the scenes featuring Jessica Chastain’s aggressively no-bullshit detective – which never quite coalesces into a satisfying whole. The plot is bitty and sometimes hard to follow, and the conclusion is rushed and predictable. But as solid Saturday night entertainment goes, this is a consistently compelling, enjoyably old school potboiler.

By: Tom Huddleston


Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday October 14 2011
Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ami Canaan Mann
Cast: Sam Worthington
Jessica Chastain
Chloe Moretz
Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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I saw this yesterday at Cineworld, and yes there is a double plot and leads to nothing! nothing makes sense and the suspence leads to nothing too! best acting from the dog! oh and did anyone notice the bearded cop with a black eye, just before he was in a brawl? look closely, they made up a black eye too soon! on the whole, a very cheap looking budget movie and terrible story line, leaving you, at the end thinking W.T.F.? looking forward to the remake of, THE THING!


Not as good as it could have been. Lots of promise and plenty of atmosphere but all too often confusingly and disjointedly plotted. Characters aren`t developed sufficiently and key story points are muddled. Resembles a work in progress; half a film if you like.