When Nicole met David; handsome, charming, affectionate, he was everything. It seemed perfect, but soon she sees that David has a darker side. And his adoration turns to obsession, their dream into a nightmare, and her love into fear.
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Nicole walker is the average 16 year old girl; wants to have fun, and dreams of her Prince Charming. When she and her best friend Margot appear at a party, she meets older bad boy David. Everything seems to be going so well and Nicole and David become a couple. Nicole's family like David and she decides she loves him enough to give herself to him one night after a date. However, as soon as they became official, David has become a possessive and jealous boyfriend. He even beats up one of Nicole's close male friends when he is seen giving her a hug at the end of school. After this dark event Nicole never wants to see David again but he tries his hardest to make sure Nicole will take him back. Soon enough she forgives him and things seem to be going well again until a sick situation involving Nicole's best friend Margot turns to her and David breaking up again. This time David is not taking any chances with not being with Nicole so him and his friends go into her family home and attempt ...Written by
During the scene where Steve Walker (William Petersen) is ransacking the house in which David (Mark Wahlberg) lives, "Chucky" from the Child's Play/Chucky film franchise can be seen briefly on the mantle in his room. See more »
The coded lock for the front door is mechanical, not electrical; therefore the beeping is fake, and the lock is by no means attached to the security system. Moreover, if the alarm system had been disconnected, the entry code would be useless for getting inside. See more »
[calling upstairs to Nicole in the shower]
Nicole, save some hot water for your father!
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Fear appears to be a decent enough thriller; at least up through the first hour. We have a great cast who all play seemingly interesting characters, and that bodes well for the rest of the film. As the action plays out, however, things seem to jump the tracks of credibility. That's a shame since this could have been a really good little film.
The story centers around a 16 yr old girl named Nicole (Witherspoon), who seems to have a lot going for her. Unfortunately, she like so many other young ladies, falls under the spell of a "bad boy" named David (Wahlberg). We the audience can tell from the start that David and his buddies are at the very least shady, and at the very worst homicidal maniacs. Nicole realizes this too after a while. But in defiance of her father (Petersen) she sticks with David a little too long. By the time she's ready to dump him, David is totally obsessed with Nicole, and will stop at nothing to be with her. By the film's final 15 minutes, David and his band of cronies have laid siege to Nicole's house and are terrorizing her entire family.
The film starts out great. We the audience meet characters we care about, and things play out somewhat realistically. The cast is really awesome. Many of the principal performers would go on to much bigger things over the years. Witherspoon and Alyssa Milano are gorgeous, and Mark Wahlberg shows some talent in his first major film role. William Petersen is great in anything he does, and his performance here is no exception. The film falls apart in the final minutes, though. Characterization and logic are thrown out the window as the film relies too heavily on violence and mayhem to sort things out. There are a couple really ridiculous scenes toward the end. In one of them, Wahlberg snaps the neck of one of Witherspoon's friends while he's walking home from school. This is silly enough, but it's also poorly filmed and not at all convincing. In another scene, we see Wahlberg repeatedly punch himself in the chest to make it look like Petersen has beaten him up. It just looks stupid as he's pounding away at himself and trying to look tough.
I don't know. Go ahead and try this one. It could have been better but it's not a total loss.
6 of 10 stars.
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