Texas Killing Fields

October 14th, 2011

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Texas Killing Fields

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In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 5.6/10 (3,634 voted)

Critic's Score: 49/100

Director: Ami Canaan Mann

Stars: Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chloë Grace Moretz

Souder, a homicide detective in a small Texan town, and his partner, transplanted New York City cop Detective Heigh, track a sadistic serial killer dumping his victims' mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh locals call 'The Killing Fields'. Though the swampland crime scenes are outside their jurisdiction, Detective Heigh is unable to turn his back on solving the gruesome murders. Despite his partner's warnings, he sets out to investigate the crimes. Before long, the killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always remaining one step ahead. When familiar local girl Anne goes missing, the detectives find themselves racing against time to catch the killer and save the young girl's life.

Sam Worthington - Mike Souder
Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Brian Heigh
Chloë Grace Moretz - Little Ann Sliger
Corie Berkemeyer - Shauna Kittredge
Trenton Perez - White Kid (as Trenton Ryan Perez)
Maureen Brennan - Mrs. Kittredge (as Maureen A. Brennan)
Tony Bentley - Captain Bender
Becky Fly - Neighbor
Sheryl Lee - Lucie Sliger
James Hébert - Eugene
Stephen Graham - Rhino
Jessica Chastain - Pam Stall
John Neisler - DPS Officer
Annabeth Gish - Gwen Heigh
Deneen Tyler - Lady Worm

Taglines: Once in... There's no way out.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 14 October 2011

Filming Locations: Amite, Louisiana, USA

Opening Weekend: $8,772 (USA) (16 October 2011) (3 Screens)

Gross: $45,282 (USA) (13 November 2011)

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Did You Know?

This film marks the second pairing of Jessica Chastain with Sam Worthington in two films released during same summer of 2011 period.

User Review

Underutilisation of a great cast.

Rating: 6/10

With a great cast list, I jumped at this film with enthusiasm. This was met with a complete underutilisation of some of my favourite actors. For what it was Jeffrey Dean Morgan played his limited role well, Sam Worthing over acted his role making him less convincing and Chloe Moretz was vastly underused.

The plot is difficult to follow and some scenes seem completely unnecessary and others feel as though there needs to be more detail. The story overall suffers from a lack of telling and too much showing. The main plot itself was rather predicable and ultimately let me shaking my head in disapproval. Putting this aside there were some parts of the film that made it interesting and the overall story was good in premise.

I suppose I don't want to hate this film, because it has so much potential. It left me feeling disappointed, but as a point of reference of something done badly that could be brilliant, this is the perfect case.

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