The film’s thriller elements rarely thrill and its drama aspect does not have much impact because it is underdeveloped, but the story is interesting enough so as to hold the viewer’s attention for the duration of the movie. In the end, though, In the Electric Mist left me unsatisfied.
The scenes in which the protagonist talks to deceased persons come across as distractingly awkward; thankfully, director Bertrand Tavernier approaches them with restraint and keeps them to a minimum.
Accomplished cinematography that captures the scenic Louisiana locations and contributes to the movie’s special, somewhat eerie atmosphere.
Tommy Lee Jones seems to be on autopilot, and there is only so much he can do with the fairly uninteresting character he plays. Performance-wise, John Goodman—somewhat unexpectedly—turns out to be the biggest asset of the film.
Based on the novel In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke.