Abel Grey (Edward Burns) a small town cop, investigates the drowning of a boy from an exclusive school. Fearing scandal, the school insists that it is suicide, but Abel has already discovered that the boy had been a victim of bullying and suspects otherwise. As Abel digs deeper he discovers a world of corruption and must confront the truth about himself, as he is a man manipulated by the ghosts of his own past. Based on the critically acclaimed and best selling book by Alice Hoffman, The River King is a story of how what appears on the surface often masks the truth which lies below.
A slow burning, intense and well acted thriller.
- River King review by Shatner's Bassoon
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The plot of 'The River King' revolves around the exclusive Hadden prep school, where staff are under the control of the school benefactors, secret societies prosper and appearances are deemed far more important than the truth. After the drowned body of a student is found in a near by river, a detective named Abel Grey and his partner are assigned to the case and it's not long before they suspect murder and ritual bullying. And as the investigation proceeds, Abel recalls memories of his own older brother's suicide, and the dark secrets which have haunted him. Story wise 'The River King' is pretty much a run of the mill thriller with the obligatory plot twists, although what lifts this film up above the rest is some great character acting, stunning cinematography, which along with a haunting musical score seduces you into the film. If you enjoy well made thrillers then 'The River King' is a highly recommended rental.