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WHAT LIES BENEATH  (2000)

Starring Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Diana Scarwid, Joe Morton, James Remar, Miranda Otto, Amber Valletta, Katharine Towne, Victoria Bidewell, Elliott Goretsky, Ray Baker and Wendy Crewson.

Screenplay by Clark Gregg.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Distributed by Dreamworks Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox Pictures.  130 minutes.  Rated PG-13.

What Lies Beneath

Well, it starts well. That’s something, right? For a movie with a high wattage cast like Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer and an A-List Director like Robert Zemekis (Back To the Future, Forrest Gump) you can’t expect anything less.

What Lies Beneath has some real and significant shocks. The first hour or so exerts a real sense of dread, even if it is a little too reliant on coincidence. 

If only the last half-hour was a bad dream. 

How does an involving little ghost story become a clichéd and tired sub-Joe Eszterhas chiller? How does a story that starts out seeming to make some narrative sense stop on a dime and turn into turgid melodrama? How did so many talented people get talked into this movie?

Beats me, but it is a real shame. In the end, What Lies Beneath is just a wasted opportunity. (7/00)

Jay S. Jacobs

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