Heaven’s Prisoners is probably one of my favorite movies to come out of the 90s, so when this came out on DVD I was totally excited about it and watched it. That was back during the weed days so I remember not being very excited about it at the time but three years later I made this place here and wanted to talk about it. I fired up this post about two years ago and then I couldn’t think of anything exciting to say about it so its been sitting my drafts forever and recently I watched the DVD again and really liked it the second time around so here we are. This time around Tommy Lee Jones and his grizzled face takes the lead as Dave Robicheaux and sweats it up in the Louisiana heat trying to solve some murders………. and he might be a little bit batshit! Let’s go!
I know these two movies are based on a series of books that I haven’t read and Tommy Lee Jones is about 80 years older than Baldwin so I wasn’t sure if this was a prequel or sequel to Prisoners – since Robicheaux’s a cop again but, using my amazing powers of purposeful deduction, I noticed that Alafair seems to be a little older this time around so I went with “sequel”. Also gone is Mary Stuart Masterson as the caring stripper and this time around it seems Robicheaux’s got himself a permanent, horny squeeze in Mary Steenburgen, whose name I can never remember for the life of me. Batist is also replaced by another black fellow with a voice that’s difficult to understand and we round things up with John Goodman as a murder suspect going by the name “Baby Feet”.
The basic premise of this is that someone is going around killing hookers and dumping them in the swamp but there’s also an intriguing side story that kind of weaves it’s way through the central plot like a hungry tapeworm. It involves the murdering of an escaped prisoner back in the early 60s and the ghosts of the Confederate dead.
Don’t believe me?? There’s a ghost right here, sitting on your front porch:
BOO!! did that scare the shit out of you?? I bet it did! Did it scare the piss out of Kelly Macdonald??? doesn’t look like it….
I liked this movie, quite a bit, but it’s nothing like the first one, if you want to compare. Heaven’s Prisoners was meant to be an action movie turning Baldwin into an action star but that never really panned out for him. This is more of a straight up mystery with a collection of odd costars like Ned Beatty and Peter Sarsgaard’s Sars Guards. Good stuff!