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Brain ache down on the misty Bayou

You can guarantee certain things with any Creole down-in-the-Bayou murder mystery. You're guaranteed an innocent black man who's been murdered in the past by horrible rednecks. You can also guarantee African-Africans who don't want no people makin' trouble by digging up the past. You're definitely going to get the misty Bayou and more twists than a country road in Louisiana.

Most of the time they're not bad, but they're certain (maybe because of the accents, maybe because they plod along a bit) to make absolutely no sense.

And so it is here with In The Electric Mist, which, despite a decent cast including Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Mary Steenburgen, and Peter Sarsgaard, will leave you scratching your head.

Here, Jones plays famed detective Dave Robicheaux (played previously by Alec Baldwin in Heaven's Prisoners, an alcoholic cop on the wagon who stops two movie types racing through the backwoods in a sports car.

The movie star Elrod Sykes (played by Sarsgaard) is drunk which --hey this is America, guys -- would guarantee him time in the slammer.

But Sykes, as you do, tells Robicheaux that he's found skeletal remains, and gets off without a speeding ticket or a spell in the click.

Kind of handy that -- and the remains are those of a black man who was manacled and shot because he was fooling around with a rich, white man's wife.

And, surprise, surprise, Robicheaux witnessed the assassination as a young boy in the Bayou, while one of his suspects in the plot, local gangstar 'Baby Feet' Balboni (John Goodman), just happens to be involved in financing the movie with the actor who found the bones in the first place.

Beyond belief. And you'd think it couldn't get any more bizarre -- until Robicheaux starts getting advice from the ghost of a Confederate Civil War General.

Straight to DVD, and no surprise here.

DVd Extras Theatrical trailer only.