Saturday, February 07, 2009

Cajun flavor

An early review of In the Electric Mist, based on the novel by James Lee Burke and starring Tommy Lee Jones as Det. Dave Robicheaux. (Last Night with Riviera)

If it weren't for the charismatic Tommy Lee Jones, present in every single scene, we'd have ceased to care after the first 3 or 4 gumbo-flavoured clichés. If we hang on it's because his beaten-down Robicheaux, a recovering alcoholic with a smart, dry sense of humour, refuses to give up. There's something in the actor's sunken eyes and heavy sighs, the stoop of his shoulders, the meaningful silences, which dare you to keep watching. Unfortunately while a lot goes on behind Tommy Lee Jones' impassive face, the same can't be said of this trite thriller which hides very little of interest behind its generic facade.