I finally got to see Heaven's Prisoners. I'd heard not so flattering things about it, one of which was that it was painfully obvious at what point the film ran out of money.
Let me say this, first: I am not a fan of Alec Baldwin. I think he's just below marginal, as an actor, at best. He's in no way my idea of Dave.
While every Robicheaux novel is excellent, in comparison to the others, this one was not on my list of favorites. Nothing wrong with the book, it just didn't click for me. And with the other books that, to me, are more interesting, I couldn't understand why they chose this one to make into a movie.
And why make a movie without Clete? ~grin
I'm also a filmophile. I love movies. I am a student of film, have taken film classes (production, not just study) and have a pretty high standard when it comes to film quality.
Now, having said that...I really liked the movie Heaven's Prisoners. I was pleasantly surprised, it was much better than I had convinced myself it would be. Alec didn't ruin it (though he STILL isn't my idea of Dave), the production quality seemed fine, and I found myself into what was happening in the movie. The performances were good, save for Teri Hatcher, whom I considered to be about the only weak link. Eric Roberts rocqued as Bubba (see what I did there? lol), Batiste was excellent, and DDG was exactly the actor I had always envisioned him to be.
What I didn't like, was regardless of what Dave was doing, fishing in the muddy swamps, working in the bait shop, or chasing down bad guys in the seedy parts of NO, he was always wearing dress pants. Not a great costuming choice, but oh well.
Overall, I recommend HP. I will probably buy the DVD, and add it to my collection.