Communist Radicals hijack Air Force One with The U.S. President and his family on board. The Vice President negotiates from Washington D.C., while the President, a Veteran, fights to rescue the hostages on board.
Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath.Written by
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In "What Lies Beneath", director Robert Zemeckis gives us a thriller that reminds one of the great films made by Alfred Hitchcock. Now don't get me wrong, nobody in my opinion, will ever top the master of suspense. Zemeckis does come close.
Without giving too much away, the story revolves around a suburban wife (the ever beautiful Michelle Pfeiffer) who we learn had been in a serious accident months earlier. She begins "to see things" and despite support from her husband (Harrison Ford) and friends, wonders what really is happening, has happened or will happen.
Zemeckis gives us such plot elements such as things that go bump in the night, visions that only the Pfeiffer character can see, mysterious next door neighbors, a ouija board, the doubting husband and the loyal friend. This works pretty well in the first half of the movie, but because "What Lies Beneath" is essentially a two character story, events in the second half are often telegraphed before they happen.
Pfieffer and Ford are very good in their roles (as always). I do think though, that more involvement from the supporting cast would have heightened the mystery. But all in all, "What Lies Beneath" is a very good movie.
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