Monday, September 6, 2010

Mississippi Burning (1988): review- 8/10

Two FBI cops investigate murders in Mississippi: the superior is ascetic and fully committed to the civil rights project, while his accomplice, played by Hackman, is morally ambiguous and scepetical.

The film works through, with little subtlety, the imposition of Federal Law in a small southern town.

The relationship between Hackman and his accomplice- which could be illuminating about the attitudes of southerners who grudgingly accepted racial segregation- is not as enlightening as it might be. Equally, the black characters operate, as do the KKK policemen who oppress them- as caricatures.

Nonetheless, the film is extremely entertaining.

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