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Movie: Texas Killing Fields (2011)

Once in... there's no way out.

Texas Killing Fields (2011) is a crime movie inspired by true events about the murder of women in Texas.

Synopsis from IMDb: Det. Mike Souder (Sam Worthington) is a local Texan police officer who believes extensively in only working on cases in his own town's jurisdiction, while his partner Det. Brian Heigh (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is a former New York City police officer who can't but help others in their time of need, whether it's a young girl named Anne (Chloe Grace Moretz) who resides with an abusive family, or Det. Souder's former wife Det. Pam Stall (Jessica Chastain), who polices a nearby community in which a Texan oil field known as the killing fields is situated.

When Pam requests the help of Heigh in the recent disappearance and murder of women within the confines of the killing fields, he reluctantly obliges, despite the objections of his partner due to their own case against two low-life pimps who are systematically kidnapping and forcing teenage girls into a life of prostitution. What follows, is two differing journeys as both men attempt to bring the guilty to justice through their own, loose methods.

I have a hard time trying to understand this movie. Two police officers, some dead girls, a troubled young girl, a dog, some bad guys, a dysfunctional family. These elements seem to be related but their plots are somehow detached and incoherent. The focus seems to be how to solve the murders, but ends up with saving a troubled girl from a dysfunctional family.

The director also creates some diversion along the storyline to distract us from guessing who are the real murderers by showing some other bad guys in action. So, everything just get more and more confusing.
It doesn't help when the characters are speaking in strong Texan accent that I don't really favor.

So, hmmm. Big names in a movie don't necessarily guarantee that the movie is good. Or maybe Sam Worthington is too good in Terminator Salvation and Avatar; and Chloe Grace Moretz is too good in Kick Ass.


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