This was a very valiant effort on mainstream hollywood's part, and i applaud it. The ending was weak, but there were several elements of this movie that make up for that, in my opinion.it scared me. twice. yeah i saw it twice, shut up, i succumbed to peer pressure. but anyways, the second viewing gave me a better perspective on the structure since i wasn't clutching the armrest the first half of the movie.
"'he's ok, it's not over there'"
so already in one sense, the movie is a sucess. it incited fear. yes, there were the stupid little girls sitting behind me literally shrieking, but they are not the audience that is exactly a challenge. i mean, even a grown man would be frightened, on an intellectual level, at the scene of the young son covering his ears to the hundreds of voices he hears calling his name. eeeek. 'nuff said.
kevin bacon is extremely believeable as the working class malcontent, wishing something interesting would happen with his life, to make him not quite so average. and wow, does it ever. the wife, katherine erbe, is his perfect counterpart, both as wife and as actress. the real show stealer in this flick is illeanna douglas. she rules. the end. however, the most amazing actor, to me, was the young son, zachary david cope, who did a phenomenal job both of scaring the pants off of us and being one of the most sympathetic creatures ever to appear on film.
the plot itself starts out kicker. the premise is pretty damned cool. out there maybe, but the actors make you believe it, especially the little boy: "i don't want to talk about this, cause it scares mommy". eeeek.
i won't give away the resolution of the plot, but the premise is that a ghost of a young girl seeks out kevin bacon's newfound powers to communicate with the dead("orlando, do you like it? It's autumn sunrise." oops, wrong movie") and she tells him to dig. and dig he does. and my, what a great deal of digging kevin bacon does. i suppose it was some sort of metaphor, but uhm... yeah, stop digging, kevin, you're making a mess.
the effects are really good, very scary with an artistic touch (hypnosis scenes most especially), and the acting is what makes the movie. too bad the resolution is so simple and well, a let down... and anyways, we don't even get resolution on if kevin bacon still has his superpowers. we know the boy does, but, c'mon! more freaky dead girls in living room, or no?in conclusion, the cinematography was outstanding for a scary movie. specificaly, the phonecall scene above chicago, and the living room scene with the couch, made the movie worth seeing for an old artisitic fart like me. 4 sporks. good effort, keep it coming.
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originally posted: 10/01/99 08:41:57