Steven is a troubled kid from Maine being sent to boarding school. While his father, Richard Portman, is driving him there, they get into a bad argument, and the car swerves into oncoming traffic, killing Richard and putting Steven in a vegetative state. Six months later, Richard's second wife and Steven's stepmother, Mary, is taking care of his every need. Mary is a psychologist who works from home with children and adolescents. She is upset to learn that one of her patients, a deaf child named Tom, is to be transferred to a school in Boston. Later, Mary discusses Steven with her therapist, Dr. Wilson. While she feels guilty, she has decided to put Steven in a home to be cared for because he is no longer there and is just a body..
Oddly, Charlie Heaton gets an "Introducing" credit, even though he had already been in several other movies before this one. The "Introducing" credit is normally reserved for first time film actors. See more »
Dr. Wilson calls the police while driving to Mary's (the protagonist) home. Even though it shown to have taken him several hours to get there, the police are not only nowhere in sight, they haven't even been to her house. Despite this, the doctor doesn't attempt to call them again. See more »
Hey. It's going to be okay.
Just tell me we're doing the right thing.
No, sweetheart, I know you want to fix this. It's what you do. But we've tried. All right? We've been trying and look where it's gotten us.
[looking over at their son waiting in the car]
And I think the space is gonna be good for him. For all of us. Besides, it's a good school. He'll be home by the end of the summer.
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This was a good thriller. Not great. And not a horror. Naomi Watts plays her role well. The little boy is a great young actor, if you watched Room you'll recognize him. Some plots have definite holes. It's watchable once. Not a classic by any means. You may even guess the supposed twist ending.
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