The eight year-old boy Luke (Elijah Wood) goes with his father to his company and witnesses his murder by a man with a hook. Detective T. Bass (Tom Skerritt) is in charge of the investigation and summons Dr. Hollis (JoBeth Williams) to help him assisting the boy trying to get the identity of the killer. However, the boy fantasizes the murderer as the Captain Hook, in a escapism from the traumatic reality. Dr. Hollis gets closes to Luke and has an affair with Bass while he investigates the crime. They find that Luke's family is dysfunctional and there is a dispute among the friends of his father. But soon the killer attacks again and there are many suspects. Who might be the killer?
The suspenseful "A Child in the Night" is a good thriller supported by a great cast. JoBeth Williams, Tom Skerritt and Elijah Wood in his debut have great performances. The plot holds the attention of the view but the conclusion is disappointing. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Testemunha Silenciosa" ("Silent Witness")
Note: On 8 December 2016, I saw this film again.
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