Texas Killing Fields

Film, Thrillers
3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
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

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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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