21. Mystic River
Release Year: 2003
One of the tensest and emotional movies on Netflix, Mystic River places tragedy on the doorsteps of a family and a community where accusations and suspicions boil over and create even more tragedy. Starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laura Linney and Marcia Gay Harden, with sharp direction from Clint Eastwood, the movie manages to capture Boston and its personality while keeping the focus small and intimate.
The loss of a daughter leads to a spiral, Clint Eastwood able to convincingly lead us down a certain path where we can’t be certain and have to question every step of the way about who could possibly do something so terrible. The movie is able to layer this over childhood trauma and the far-reaching effects it has as an adult, showing that trauma can come in many forms and can lead down so many paths.
Its cast is exceptional and brings so much passion and raw emotion to every scene, leaving Mystic River as a dynamite film on Netflix that is sure to be a conversation piece over the fall.