River King

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  • R
  • 2005
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • 5.7  (3,835)

River King is a haunting and suspenseful drama directed by Nick Willing, based on the novel by Alice Hoffman. The story takes place in a small New England town, where a mysterious murder occurs and a gripping investigation is launched to uncover the truth. Edward Burns plays Abel Grey, a young and ambitious police officer who is sent to investigate the death of a high school student named August Pierce, whose body is found floating in the river. Abel begins to search for clues and interviews August's classmates, who all seem to have secrets of their own. As Abel gets deeper into the case, he realizes that August was more than just a popular jock; he was also a talented musician and an enigma to those around him.

Jennifer Ehle delivers a captivating performance as Betsy Chase, a teacher at the same high school as August, who becomes involved in Abel's investigation. Betsy was one of August's teachers and his mentor, and as Abel delves deeper into August's life, he discovers that Betsy had a complex relationship with the boy. Thomas Gibson is impressive as the wealthy and influential father of the victim, who will go to any lengths to protect his family's reputation and interests.

As Abel digs further into the case, he uncovers a web of lies, secrets, and hidden desires that threaten to consume the town, and himself. He finds himself drawn to the river, the mysterious force that seems to hold the key to the town's dark secrets. The river becomes a character of its own, a brooding and eerie force that seems to have a mind of its own and holds the answers to the town's mysteries.

The film is beautifully shot, with stunning cinematography that captures the eerie and atmospheric landscapes of the New England countryside. The music is haunting and evocative, with a haunting score that adds to the film's sense of foreboding and unease.

The script is well-crafted, with well-drawn characters and a complex and intriguing mystery that keeps the viewer guessing until the very end. The themes of grief, loss, and the search for truth are explored in a nuanced and thought-provoking way, weaving together a story that is both compelling and emotionally resonant.

Overall, River King is a haunting and atmospheric film that will stay with viewers long after the credits have rolled. It is a gripping and suspenseful mystery that explores the darkest secrets of a small town and the impact of tragedy on its inhabitants. With its talented cast, stunning visuals, and haunting score, River King is a must-see film for fans of suspenseful thrillers and dark dramas.

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    1 hr 39 min
  • IMDB Rating
    5.7  (3,835)