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Lying in Wait (2001)

Young bachelor Babee is looking after his dead mother's estate when married couple Keith and Vera move in. Babee becomes attracted to them by the beautiful Vera and the risk taking Keith. ... See full summary »
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Babee Gordon
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El
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Detective Mike
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Mr. Horn
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Young bachelor Babee is looking after his dead mother's estate when married couple Keith and Vera move in. Babee becomes attracted to them by the beautiful Vera and the risk taking Keith. However at a party Vera crashes her car, putting Keith into a coma. When Keith comes out he is in a semi-vegetative state and must rely on Vera to look after him. Keith can't move or speak but reveals to Babee that he can still talk and starts to kill those that wronged him with Babee's help. Written by Paul Hunter aka "Bob the Moo"

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for some language and violence | See all certifications »
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17 December 2002 (USA)  »

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Stupid story - some good performances
21 December 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Young bachelor Babee is looking after his dead mother's estate when married couple Keith and Vera move in. Babee becomes attracted to them by the beautiful Vera and the risk taking Keith. However at a party Vera crashes her car, putting Keith into a coma. When Keith comes out he is in a semi-vegetative state and must rely on Vera to look after him. Keith can't move or speak but reveals to Babee that he can still talk and starts to kill those that wronged him with Babee's help.

This starts reasonably enough - it looks like a femme-fatale type deal. However after the accident (early on in the film) it all gets a bit silly and doesn't make sense any more. The main problem is the ridiculous idea of this man totally paralysed rolling into people in his wheelchair to kill them. The fact that the innocent Babee, so attracted to Vera, would assist him to do things in secret is even more unlikely. And the ending is just absurd - not only the set-up but the conclusion.

Virginia Madsen is quite good in the role of Vera. Likewise Thomas Newton and Vanessa Dorman are good as Babee and Elle respectively. However Hauer seems to have lost any ability to pick good roles - Bladerunner and the Hitcher were clearly early flukes. He spends most of his time in a wheelchair and looks stupid as he pretends to be a vegetable, he really has a thankless role.

Overall this is a sloppy film. It has several good performances but the plot is very thin - at times it feels like no one knows what they're doing. What plot there is (paralysed man in a wheelchair bumps people off) is stupid and badly handled. Overall, an occasionally embarrassing mess.


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