Texas Killing Fields

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Texas Killing Fields
Texas Killing Fields.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ami Canaan Mann
Produced by Michael Jaffe
Michael Mann
Written by Don Ferrarone
Starring Sam Worthington
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Jessica Chastain
Chloë Grace Moretz
Music by Dickon Hinchliffe
Cinematography Stuart Dryburgh
Edited by Cindy Mollo
Production
  company
Forward Pass
Gideon Productions
Infinity Media
QED International
Watley Entertainment
Distributed by Anchor Bay Films
Release date(s)
  • October 14, 2011 (2011-10-14)
Running time 115 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $957,240[1]

Texas Killing Fields (also known as The Fields) is a 2011 American crime film directed by Ami Canaan Mann, starring Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain and Chloë Grace Moretz. It competed in the 68th Venice International Film Festival in September.[2]

Plot[edit]

Several killings occur along Houston's I-45 corridor between Houston and Galveston, in and around an area known as "the killing fields"; the crime investigators on the case; their sacrifices and personal mission to protect the innocent; plus their stakeout to find the killer of the fictional character or victim in the movie. The film's screenplay was loosely inspired by true events surrounding the murders of women kidnapped from cities spread along 30 plus miles of I-45 corridor and dumped in many areas to include numerous bayous surrounding the oil fields of Texas City, Texas. While in real life there have been numerous itinerant serial killers involved over the years, the movie focuses on specific local Texas City suspects.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was originally going to be directed by Danny Boyle before he left the project and was replaced by Ami Canaan Mann, daughter of director Michael Mann, who produced the film. Boyle said that the film was "so dark it would never get made".[3] The film was distributed overseas by Entertainment Film Distributors, a British company.[4][5][6] Filming began on May 3, 2010,[4] in Louisiana, United States.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack was scored by Dickon Hinchliffe (formerly of Tindersticks) except for three tracks credited to The Americans.[7]

Reception[edit]

Texas Killing Fields received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 33% based on 49 reviews, with a consensus that read, 'Texas Killing Fields is a competent boilerplate crime thriller, brewing up characters and plots used in better films.'[8] Metacritic gave the film a rating of 49/100, based on 17 reviews.[9]

Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times gave the film two out of four stars and said, '"Texas Killing Fields" begins along the lines of a police procedural and might have been perfectly absorbing if it had played by the rules: strict logic, attention to detail, reference to technical police work. Unfortunately, the movie often seems to stray from such discipline.'[10] Betsy Sharkey at The Los Angeles Times commented, '...like the Texas City killer's plans, something's gone terribly wrong.'[11] On a more lenient note, James Mottram of Total Film said, 'Mann Jr. shows plenty of promise in a film that doesn’t tarnish the family name. But hindered by niggling flaws, it hardly revolutionises an over-saturated genre.'[12]

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