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A strange viewing experience
By now we have seen Arnold as a ruthless barbarian, nearly indestructible cyborg, bad-ass soldier, caring brother and as an action hero. So what is missing next on the list... well, let's see... how about becoming a mother? Really? Yes, really, Arnold is getting pregnant in this movie as a part of a scientific fertility project. The manliest man on earth is about to have a bun in the oven.
The premise sounds fun, again we have Ivan Reitman and DeVito on board to hopefully deliver another classic like Twins. However, Junior just falls flat. It is a very mixed bag, leaving the viewer somewhere between shock and awe. It tries to be funny sometimes but just comes out as cheesy and cringe-worthy. Schwarzenegger and DeVito are not to blame for it, again they have a good on screen chemistry, but are too hindered by a restrictive script. So, while Arnold's other movies delivered on action and Twins delivered on comedy, this one doesn't really deliver on either of them. It's a movie that doesn't know what it wants to be, forcefully trying to squeeze Mr. Schwarzenegger into a character we would have least expected him to see in.
Is it a good laugh for a one-time viewing? Yes, probably because of Arnold's performance. Is it a must-have for Schwarzenegger fans? Yes and no. Yes, if you're a collector of his films. No, if you're an action or comedy fan. Is it actually a good movie? Not really. It's a strange viewing experience, prepare to be mildly entertained at best.
What Lies Beneath (2000)
One of the most frightening thrillers of the new millennium
With this movie Mr. Zemeckis showed the world that he is not only capable of directing action adventures like "Back to the Future" or dramas like "Cast Away", but also decent and thoroughly creepy thrillers.
What makes this movie stand out for me is the fact that it gets into your head. There is a sense of foreboding throughout the entire playtime that grips you and won't let go until the credits roll. You start to question your own sanity instead of the protagonists'. It preys on your mind and plays with your senses.
True, there are jump scares, misdirections and several other typical instruments of horror film making in this movie. Fortunately though it never gets cheap and keeps the suspense coming in a spooky crescendo without showing any monsters, brutal blood sheds or slasher villains. The music works well and the cinematography is a feast for the eye.
In essence, this is a movie you don't want to miss if you're a fan of psychological horror films and/or the directing work of Robert Zemeckis. Enjoy it alone in a light-dimmed room with a good glass of wine and it will unfold its magic. You have my word.