Watching In the Electric Mist

If it’s Monday, it’s free RedBox day.

So we dutifully trooped over to the RedBox kiosk a short while ago for our free movie fix.

We picked up In the Electric Mist.

Featuring Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard, Kelly Macdonald and Mary Steenburgen, In the Electric Mist is directed by Bertrand Tavernier.

Tommy Lee Jones plays a detective on the heels of a killer.

It seems the movie was released direct-to-DVD in the U.S. sometime in March this year.

The movie is based on James Lee Burke’s book In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead.

We may or may not update this post after we finish watching the movie.

Most likely, we will.


Not a bad movie.

But then, Tommy Lee Jones is a decent actor and the story, while not gripping, is OK.

Set amid the bayous of Louisiana, this is a story of a policeman Dave Robicheaux (Tommy Lee Jones) in pursuit of a serial killer down the winding byroads of the parishes.

Killing young hookers after inflicting much pain on them, the serial killer is dumping them in the remote rural parts of Louisiana.

Although Louisiana is a part of the U.S., it’s an entirely different world out there.

We’ve spent some time in the state. The folks in Louisiana speak differently. The food is different (gumbo, jambalaya or crawfish ring a bell?), corruption is a fact of life, race currents still run strong in social life, the state is at the bottom on several key socio-economic indicators and the white girls are very pretty.

And the desolate swamps are all around you.

Such then is the setting of Louisiana and to some extent the movie as well.

The movie progresses at a brisk trot as our ex-alcoholic policeman goes around bullying, and occasionally beating to pulp, the bad guys around him.

Until finally the killer is nabbed.

Wonder why the movie never made it to theatres in the U.S. If garbage like Thoranai, Chandni Chowk to China and Aegan can make it to U.S. theatres, what’s wrong with In the Electric Mist?

11 Responses to "Watching In the Electric Mist"

  1. thothadri   June 9, 2009 at 7:38 am

    why no posts on the racist attacks in australia
    waiting for a unbiased review of the situation there Responds:

    Sometimes there is more than one side to a story.

    Interestingly, the local Indian community in Australia do not seem to be supporting the Indians. Maybe, they know something that we don’t about these Indian boys.

    This article in the Economic Times puts the onus for the attacks on the Indian students themselves.

  2. Ænima   June 9, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Yesterday was not a free Monday.. the previous Monday was.. first Mondays of every summer month and after that not even that.. that’s when I am planning to switch to Geico.. err.. netflix and lose 11$/month. Responds:

    Rubbish. Yesterday was a free Monday for us.

    DVDONME worked fine for us. Who knows how these freebies really work.

    Looks like you are not a hardened cheapo desi. Even after they declare the coupon is not valid on all Mondays, a genuine cheapo desi will stand in front of the kiosk at different times and try the different credit cards with the different coupon combinations unmindful of the queue behind him/her/it.

    You’ll be surprised at the results.

    BTW, we went in around 9:30-9:45PM. That might have something to do with the code being accepted too. Who knows.

  3. boopalanj   June 9, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Btw, did you go thru the comments of the ET article?

    One of it –

    “lola, melbourne, says: I am Australian – something awful is happening here. If Indian students are behaving in a way that Australians canot agree with, then let them complain. Let them politley ask the newcomers to change their ways. Nothing justifies bashing attacking frightening. This is an immigrant country not so long ago my Anglo forbears came with their packs on their backs looking for better things. I am quite sure that they were not very refined. How can you speak as so many of you do about your own people? Perhaps they are annoying. Bashing them will not improve matters. I hoped for better things from my fellow Australians. On behalf of the OTHER Australians – the ones who welcome strangers and love diversity, i am so sorry.”

    Indians are indians, wherever they go, whatever they are ! Responds:

    No, we didn’t check out the comments earlier.

    Ha ha, we see there’s a Lebanese angle too.

    Anyway, now that Amitabh Bachchan is rejecting his Australian doctorate and with Bollywood threatening to stop filming in Australia, we think all racism will end in the world.

    Thank God for Martin Luther Bachchan. 😉

  4. boopalanj   June 9, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    And one more thing, comparatively less coverage about India nowadays in SI, makes it less interesting (at least) for me.. [may be you too are showing racial discrimination towards poor India ;-).. Appears to be a bright idea to call bloggers who don’t write about India – ‘racist bloggers’ :-D] Responds:

    OK, we’ll return to our roots.

    India is anyway fecund ground for a writer.

    The sheer variety of material available in India is nothing short of amazing.

    Mera Bharat Mahaan.

    BTW, we just received Salangai Oli, the old Kamal Haasan-Jayapradha movie. We’ll watch it tonight and review it soon.

    We believe the movie was quite popular in its day (1983).

  5. boopalanj   June 9, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    What these bollywood bozos think? Are bollywood films the elixir of life for all australians and the rest of world? If they don’t go for filming in Oz, will that nation see an economic crisis?

    “Popular Bollywood films like Dil Chahta Hai, Salaam Namaste, Chak De! India and Heyy Baby were shot in Australia. But Bollywood now wants to take a tough stand and has united in raising its voice against the attacks.”

    Really a tough stand, and UN must intervene to resolve the conflict and save lives. Responds:

    Our Bollywood stars are kosu (flies), who think they are something just because someone aims a camera in their direction. 🙁

  6. Ænima   June 9, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    DVDONME works any day (not just Mondays).. And can be used only once/credit card. I only have 3 credit cards 🙁 Responds:

    We used a card we’d used on earlier occasions…maybe, we didn’t use that code with that card at that location on earlier occasions. 😉

  7. bachchan   June 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Indians are attacked either emotionally or physically everywhere.
    I am hurt the way some blogs hurt Indian Movies.

    They fail to realise the insights of the Indian Creativity. Responds:

    You write: I am hurt the way some blogs hurt Indian Movies. They fail to realise the insights of the Indian Creativity.

    God, just a short while ago we were counting our blessings over your absence the last few days.

    Lo, there you come again to torment us with your baloney about creativity of Indian movies. Guess, we were a little hasty.

    We are seeing Salangai Oli in a few hours. Hopefully the movie will be as good as its fame suggests.

  8. kasimedukaruvayan   June 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    [Trash Talk] Responds:

    Adachi po sori naye, (begone, cur).

  9. SRINIVAS   June 10, 2009 at 2:50 am

    racist attacks :Sometimes there is more than one side to a story.

    what exactly is the other side ? ….which provokes a person to shove a screwdriver in the other person’s brain ….

    Indians are paying money to the colleges ….they are not there on charity …..Australian Universities have been calling Indians to come and join …. Responds:

    The good news is that Sravan Kumar (the Indian boy attacked with a screwdriver) is out of the coma. But the the road to recovery is a long one.

    Since the attacks might impact Australia’s income from universities, the police might finally move their butt to stop the curry bashing.

    Here’s an excerpt from Bloomberg:

    While Australia has fought racism since ending its White Australia immigration policy in 1973, the attacks have hurt the country’s reputation abroad and threaten to cut the A$15.5 billion ($12.4 billion) earnings from teaching overseas students, the third-largest source of foreign income.

    “It’s not just Indians, but there does seem to be a particular problem besetting the Indian students,” said Chris Nyland, professor at the School of Business and Economics at Monash University outside Melbourne. “If we do get the reputation for being unsafe, students may not come here.”

    The rise in attacks has been fuelled by a jump in the number of Indian students coming to Melbourne, police said. There were 81,520 Indians enrolled in full-fee education in Australia in April, up 38 percent from 58,917 a year earlier, and a sevenfold gain from the 11,364 students in 2002, according to data from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Almost half of those study in Victoria state, of which Melbourne is the capital.

  10. Aswin_Kini   June 10, 2009 at 3:12 am

    Salangai Oli is a good film as far as I am concerned. Donno whether you’ll agree with me. BUt as far as I remember, Kamal Haasan’s and Jayaprada’s performances as Dancers are neat. This is one of those very few films that brought the best out of Kamal as a dancer, although in this film classical dance is the point of focus.

    Waiting for your review.
    Just a request, please don’t compare this again with your hollywood movies, it is as good as comparing American Doughnut with our Idli Vada.

  11. bachchan   June 10, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    idli vada rox ! Responds:

    Just curious.

    Do Indian movies release in your country?

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