What Lies Beneath (2000)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.




  • Kristen Johnston at an event for What Lies Beneath (2000)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer in What Lies Beneath (2000)
  • Director Robert Zemeckis
  • Kristen Johnston at an event for What Lies Beneath (2000)
  • Jason Behr at an event for What Lies Beneath (2000)
  • Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer in What Lies Beneath (2000)

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21 May 2001 | bsmith5552
| A Thriller in the Hitchcock Tradition!
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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