Texas Killing Fields

 (1,235)1 h 44 min2011R
In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective (Worthington) teams up with a cop from New York City (Morgan) to investigate a series of unsolved murders. Based on true events.
Ami Canaan Mann
Sam WorthingtonJeffrey Dean MorganChloë Grace Moretz
English [CC]
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Jessica Chastain
Michael MannMichael Jaffe
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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JasonReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Messy story that could have been GREAT
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I rented this because the director is the daughter of Michael Mann(who produced the film). I wanted to see if she had the same tenacity and attention to detail as her father. She doesn't, and its both good and bad; good, because she needs to find her own voice, bad because the narrative is all over the place.

There are terrific performances by some great actors, but it's hard to be emotionally invested in them. Sam Worthington's character is all over the place, while Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Jessica Chastain are wonderful. But the story threads don't get resolved, and go nowhere. Things just...happen, and Ami Mann's direction, while at times, great, seems like she's trying to hard to surpass her father. It's a good start, with some Season One True Detective style moments, but that's about it. The screenplay and script needed alot of time to develop before being put to film. It needed a singular plot focus, a three act treatment, which is tried and true. Disjointed, off putting, but deep down there is a very good idea for a murder mystery. With more time and focus, Mann's film could have been a sleeper hit.
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MegReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
What an awesome movie
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I ended up watching it twice And I never watch a movie twice, even if its been yrs since I last saw it. The reason I watched twice is because I thought there were things I missed the first time and I was right. If you're not into detective Type movies you will not like this but if you are this is the movie for you.
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Kristen LongReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you liked True Detective S1 then recommend this
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If you're a fan of well done drama/mysteries this is a must. It has the same vibe as True Detective S1 and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sam Worthington and Jessica Chastain do some of their best work in this film. This is one of the few films that I have purchased after renting and is much better to watch multiple times as you catch more that you missed the first time. Not a lot of bad language, minimal violence but does have adult themes. Can't recommend enough.
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AmazonloverReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I had no expectations and perhaps I liked the movie because it felt like Texas back when ...
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I read the top critical review and it took a bit away from the movie for me. However, I also grew up on the South Side of Houston and know Texas City, though did not live there. I had no expectations and perhaps I liked the movie because it felt like Texas back when I was growing up away from the cities. I spent a long time in the North East and before all this development happened there were/probably still are a lot of eerie places. I liked the movie. Biased, South Houston girl.
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LarisaReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
It is so sad that this was about true brutal killings
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It is so sad that this was about true brutal killings, but a story that needed to be told. I was also born and raised in Texas and so much of it reminded me of it. I thought all the actors did a terrific job and were believable. I would recommend it, because the LEO portrayed a true since of the job and what it is like to be for the victims and their famlies who live in deplorable conditions.
10 people found this helpful
ukemanReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good is not the enemy of greatness.
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Yes, it makes sense that this could have been better but for what it is, with a very good story line, mood and setting, and great actors, a few failings can be forgiven. When you compare to so many cookie cutter crime drama procedurals, this one is a step above.
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Victoria J. DennisonReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Texas Killing Fields
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This was a good movie that had good acting. Its a decent crime drama. The cops are just as tired and sweaty as the low life's who they are trying to protect the general population from. The location shooting was done in a dusty back country area of Texas, and the area came across as a place you would not want to live A drive through town to get somewhere else, maybe. The movie was low key, depressing, and gritty with very few high points. But, as I said the acting was excellent and the story good.

If you are into crime dramas and want to feel the gritty dirt cling to your skin, this movie is for you. Its just one of those movies that put you right there. Even if you don't like the location.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I was excited because I like both Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The movie was slow and for the most part boring and predictable. The editing of the movie is so bad that one scene it shows Jeffrey Dean Morgan with a black eye and the fight scene where he was roughed up hadn’t even happened yet! It was literally 20 minutes later in the movie. The editing cut out scenes and info that were probably important and the acting was subpar. I usually love Jessica Chastain but she ruined the movie with her cliche roll as a cop. Her over the top tough girl act made you cringe everytime she was in frame
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