Saturday, May 28, 2011

20. What Lies Beneath

Title:        What Lies Beneath
Year:        2000
Genre:      Supernatural Thriller

Type:        A-Movie
Run Time: 130

Theatrical MPAA Rating: PG-13



In this exciting supernatural thriller, Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer play a seemingly happily married couple who uncover a terrible secret…a secret so disturbing it threatens to destroy them.
When Claire Spencer begins seeing ghostly images and hearing mysterious voices in their home, her husband Norman suspects it’s just her imagination – until the images turn real. Now, together they must uncover the truth, confront their worst fears and find "what lies beneath"…with twisting and terrifying results.

Alternative Synopsis
Personal Thoughts

What Lies Beneath appears to be yet another movie that others aren't very fond of, that I personally found myself enjoying. Though the movie does have it's share of flaws, it still "in my opinion" stands as one of the better Ghost movies of the past 12 years or so.

The movie starts off much in the fashion of something from Hitchcock himself ... the creepy looking neighbor may be a murderer. (seems like any movie that consist of someone spying on a neighbor, or someone believing a neighbor may have committed a murder, immediately get's pegged as an Hitchcock ripoff). Think of What Lies Beneath as being a bit of a cross between Rear Window and Stir of Echoes. 

After researching, and talking to quite a few people about this movie, it quickly became clear that most people were a bit disappoint with the trailer because it supposedly contained spoilers (though it doesn't spoil the main catch of the movie).

In all, my wife and I enjoyed this movie. We saw it first, on a cozy autumn night back in 2000. My wife still refers to it as being "a cozy movie" (we got murder, deceit and a ghost, and she calls it cozy).

What I liked about this movie was the atmosphere, the crime/murder mystery (suspicious looking neighbor) that I believe merged well with the ghost story. I also thought the acting was pretty good. (Though some of Harrison Ford's cries seemed weak). Released in 2000, as the 90's were just concluding (a decade full of "who done it" serial killer movies, teen terror's and twist endings), What Lies Beneath, like many of them did, attempts to provide us with a bit of a shock ending.

In conclusion, I'm making What Lies Beneath my next movie recommendation (20th Overall) ... good for a cozy rainy autumn night.

What I liked:

- The Story/Premise
- Most of the Acting
- The Twist Ending (Though a bit predictable)
- The Suspense

What I didn't like:

- The movie feels a bit longer than it needs to be and drags at times 
- There were times where the acting "in my opinion" felt stiff
My Ratings

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What Lies Beneath Extras:

What Lies Beneath Wikipedia
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