Excerpt: It’s hard to pinpoint who you’re supposed to like in Texas Killing Fields , a movie so ruthless, even the two leads can’t seem to squelch their attitudes between each other. Pimps, drug dealers, hookers, violent mothers, distressed teens, rapists, and CSI crews with egos make this clunker up. Apparently, that’s Texas, at least if you believe what you’re seeing.
Excerpt: In the Easy-Bake Oven that is Texas, a pair of hard-working detectives are faced with a difficult decision: a serial killer has been dumping the bodies of young girls in a swamp called "The Killing Fields," but the crime scene is out of their jurisdiction. Detective Heigh (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Losers ), a transplanted New York cop, is eager to soften the jurisdiction boundaries and tear into the case.
Conclusion: 'Texas Killing Fields' is a very middle-of-the-road thriller. Though the cast is strong, as presented, the plot isn't very compelling and the direction stumbles at times. The elements of a good film are all in here somewhere, they just don't come together. Video and audio quality are both solid with only some minor issues here and there. Extras are limited to a commentary track, but the discussion is worthwhile. The movie is mediocre and the disc itself is OK.
Excerpt: Texas Killing Fields is the feature directorial debut of Ami Canaan Mann, who is the daughter of Michael Mann ( Heat , Collateral ). Normally, one might bury that lede, lest the charges of nepotism overshadow the result of her efforts, but the promotional materials have all but made that the banner headline, so what the hell.
Excerpt: Television has made it hard for movies like Texas Killing Fields . A better-than-average police procedural rooted in the not-always-pretty world found at the edge of the Texas bayou, the film tells a tight, contained crime story, filling the edges with the shaggy details of police work and life on the underside of Texas City, Texas. Without The Wire and its like as a point of comparison, Texas Killing Fields might seem the natural heir to a gritty ’70s cop drama.
Conclusion: Texas Killing Fields really tries to be something of value, but it falls short of that goal in most every regard. Rather than something novel and exciting, the film is just a double-long rehash of the tired crime scene genre. It lacks a soul to be sure, though its heart is often in the right place.