'Texas Killing Fields' Examiner.com DVD Review, Written by: Karen Benardello
The success of many action-thriller films heavily relies on the visuals and stunts to entice and engage audience interest. But the new Anchor Bay Films release ‘Texas Killing Fields,’ which is now available to rent on DVD at Long Island Redbox locations, instead focuses on the actors’ chemistry and the characters’ reactions to the killer. First-time feature film director Ami Canaan Mann surprisingly succeeds in telling the tale of the detectives investigating the case instead of the victims.
‘Texas Killing Fields,’ which was inspired by real murders in the oil refineries of the southeastern section of the state and based on the novel of the same name, follows League City homicide detective Jake Souder (played by Sam Worthington) and his partner, New York City officer Brian Heigh, (portrayed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Brian was transferred to help Jake track a sadistic serial killer who has became known for dumping his victims’ bodies in a nearby marsh called “The Killing Fields.”
As Jake and Brian become familiar with the killer’s patterns, the suspect changes his routine and begins hunting the two detectives. The two become even more determined to catch the killer when he kidnaps a local girl, Little Annie Sliger (played by Chloe Grace Moretz), who Brian has come to care about after protecting her from her negligent mother.
Viewers interested in hearing Mann and Ferrarone’s experiences of shooting ‘Texas Killing Fields’ will surely enjoy the DVD’s main bonus feature, the feature-length commentary track. The DVD also includes the film’s theatrical trailer.
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