Texas Killing Fields
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Loosely based on true events, “Texas Killing Fields” follows two detectives as they try to track down a serial killer in a small Texas town. Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays Det. Brian Heigh and his partner, Det. Mike Souder, played by Sam Worthington, as they attempt to track down a serial killer that has been dumping mutilated bodies in, what is known as, The Killing Fields. The Killing Fields are a marshy area outside of the two Detectives’ jurisdiction, but Det. Heigh’s need to solve these murders doesn’t let an imaginary line stop him from investigating. The movie also stars Chloe Grace Moretz, better known around these parts as Hit Girl, as Anne, the neglected daughter of the town “whore”, for lack of a better term, who Det. Heigh takes under her wing and tries to make sure she stays out of trouble. But when Anne goes missing, the detectives realize that the serial killers have been one step ahead of them the whole time and now they are the targets.
I thought the movie was decent, but not amazing. Director Ami Canaan Mann tries to take her father’s(Michael Mann) formula for crime drama and use it on the streets of Texas. While it works to a degree, I felt that it fell short at the same time. There are definitely some great, intense action sequences and a fairly cognitive story, but there were parts that were just a jumbled mess. I also thought that the writing was a little off at times, some of the dialogue and scenes felt really forced for me which is a shame because outside of Sam Worthington, I like the other actors in this flick. I’m a big fan of Jeffrey Dean Morgan from “Watchmen” and “The Losers”, obviously a fan of Chloe Grace Moretz, but there’s just something about Sam Worthington that I don’t like. “Clash of the Titans” was just a terrible movie, “Avatar” wasn’t that great from an acting/story perspective and “Terminator Salvation” was just kinda meh. The only thing I think I’ve liked him in is the Call of Duty commercials. I think it was the fact that his Australian accent came through on multiple occasions throughout this flick and it bugged the hell out of me, but maybe I’m being too hard on him.
If you’re looking for a decent crime drama from the daughter of Michael Mann, that attempts to pull in some of his style and piece together an OK script into a watchable flick, then check this one out. Don’t expect “Heat”, and maybe I’m putting too much emphasis on the Mann name, but I was at least expecting “Gone, Baby, Gone”, and this fell a little short of that.[youtube id=”QV3fJt6AqA8″ width=”600″ height=”350″]
The Blu-Ray is presented in 2.40:1 1080P and looked extremely good. There are a lot of dark scenes in this movie and they were all lit very well and didn’t get overly washed out when the black overtook the screen. You could still make out everything you needed to see, which is a good thing when you’re trekking through the marshy swamps of Texas at night for most of the flick.
The audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 7.1 and sometimes lacks in the voice department. There are a handful of big action scenes (car chases, etc) that all sound amazing, but the voices seem to get blown out by all the action to the point where it was hard to make out some of the dialogue at times.
Theatrical Trailer… that’s it. I’m really not a fan of Blu-Ray’s that don’t even give us at least one featurette, so this would be a huge deal breaker for me.