Saturday, 7 May 2011

What Lies Beneath - REVIEW

Film of the Day #73/ 300

Directed by award-winning film-maker Robert Zemeckis, What Lies Beneath tells the terrifying story of a husband's dreadful secret that should have remained in the past. A refreshing change to more formulaic chillers, What Lies Beneath is an underrated movie filled with twists, tension and deceit. Too many horror movies today are little more than an excuse to use special effects, or to show gratuitous violence. Zemeckis has taken what is undoubtedly a good (though maybe somewhat predictable) screenplay, and has lifted it to the level of Hitchcockian genius. What Lies Beneath superbly builds anticipation and suspense, and as an audience member you find yourself teetering on the edge of your seat waiting to jump at the next scare. Along with masterful directing, this movie features the superb performances from both Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford in refreshing roles. I am sure this movie will mature with age until it is rightfully regarded as a modern classic.