Beneath the Mississippi

When hundreds of people inexplicably disappear in an isolated area of the Mississippi River where Elly Thompson grew up, she relives the mysterious disappearance of her own father on the river when she was five ... an event she witnessed but didn't comprehend. Now a documentary filmmaker, the strong-willed Elly takes a camera crew (including her sarcastic ex-lover) to investigate. ...more

When hundreds of people inexplicably disappear in an isolated area of the Mississippi River where Elly Thompson grew up, she relives the mysterious disappearance of her own father on the river when she was five ... an event she witnessed but didn't comprehend. Now a documentary filmmaker, the strong-willed Elly takes a camera crew (including her sarcastic ex-lover) to investigate. Neglecting to inform her companions about her own history with the river, she hires a laconic, life-long river man named Jack - who finds himself drawn to Elly - to navigate them through the dangerous waters. As the elements become increasingly harsh, the group is trapped by the remote and desolate landscape. One by one, their own fears and demons preying upon them, each begins to break down. Now Elly is struggling to hold them all together as the secrets of what happened Beneath the Mississippi all those years ago are slowly ... and irrevocably ... revealed in this taut and disturbing psychological-thriller.

Movie Details

  • Director(s) Lonnie Schuyler
  • Starring Jon Hazell, Nick Murray, Michael Robert Nyman, Lonnie Schuyler, Ariadne Shaffer, Sonja Soriano and Christopher Sweeney
  • Language(s) English
  • Released January 01, 2008
  • Genre
  • Run Time 95 minutes
  • Rating NR

BIGSTAR Review

"Beneath The Mississippi" has an interesting if not intriguing premise. It is the tale of Elly Thompson, who grew up on the Mississippi River and tragically lost her father to the river at the tender age of five. As a now adult, filmmaker, and with a true purpose, Elly returns to the river that once robbed her, in an attempt to discover the answers to the mystery of why so many citizens in the area are disappearing. Will Elly also solve the questions of her father's sudden death? Yes viewers, this could be such a TRULY enticing thriller! Except, it is not. I found the muddy shots and lack of film editing to be the largest distractions from "Beneath The Mississippi" as a movie. I was also sorely disappointed in the sound quality as I strained to hear dialogue over the sound of crickets and a lapping river. The acting left a bit to be desired as I never felt fully engaged and therefore had a more than difficult time rooting for or against any particular character. Maybe I am a bit harsh of a reviewer, as this film did actually win 2 awards at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival in 2008. Perhaps the true mystery of the film is that it remains wholly that, a mystery. "Beneath The Mississippi" is not my ideal psychological thriller, being the honest reviewer I am, I have to share my opinions.

- Romy

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