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What Lies Beneath Movie Review.. The Non-Stop Suspense


Overall Impression

This movie is one of the rare movies you feel you love to watch over and over again without any feeling of boredom. On the contrary, the more you watch it, the more attracted to its events, and even you may get some points clearer every time you watch it.

Its main theme is based on the idea that no one can escape from their crimes and the crime eventually reveals itself no matter how long it stays hidden, which is a way of the universal justice manifestation. It presents Claire Spencer’s (Michelle Pfeiffer) life with her husband Dr. Spencer after sending her daughter to her college. She finds out a murder to a girl whose body is lying beneath the lake water, after a series of suspicious actions done by her tortured spirit.


Characters and Performance

Main characters were well-developed, convincing and performed well by the actors. Dr. Spencer was that practical man dedicated to his research and had a very tight time to his wife but trying to fulfill his marriage requirements that he killed and hid the corpse to avoid an extramarital affair scandal and then was ready to get rid of his wife when she insisted on getting out the corpse. Harrison Ford was the best choice for this character. His look and face features and expressions has the elasticity to give you the impression of that normal husband at times and a calm violent man of a scientist background. He was difficult and easy. Claire was the fragile and shaken personality but had the sufficient perseverance to reveal any mysterious crime she suspects. Michelle Pfeiffer performed it professionally and fervently.

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Plot and Structure

The plot and the flow of actions were totally unpredictable and had unexpected plot twists when your attention goes after the couple neighbors then you find out that it is all about the loving and prestigious husband that can’t be suspected. Also in the scene of the presence of the murdered spirit in the body of Claire, and we find out that she knew about her husband's affair but out of shock her mind wanted to forget. The plot reaches a climax when she faces her husband of his crime and asks him to inform the police to get out the corpse of the lake. He pretends he agrees but at this moment, she knows he deceives her and plans to get rid of her.

Although the film structure is excellent, and the scenes were played perfectly by the actors and well shot by the operator. However, there was some confusion in the scene of Claire sitting in the warehouse flipping the photo album that refers to her first husband and cello instrument and the car crush she had. Her look back to the cello was not clear from the first time I watched the movie. The horror music, at this moment, and the camera shot gave the impression that she looked to the open door and something was about to happen. The rest of the scenes were developed smoothly.The rest of the scenes were developed smoothly as the director succeeded in keeping the suspense element steady throughout all the film long simultaneously with the calm performance which fulfilled the mystery dose required for keeping the watcher drawn and even attached to it after finishing watching. This factor made it very well directed from the first till the final scene.


In general, the movie is very exciting and must be seen yet slightly confusing. And to me personally, it gives a vague feeling of comfort and relief. Maybe because almost all the scenes were played in a comfy home in a beautiful place despite the dynamic horror events related to the occult world. In addition, the film title is very genius of the writer Clark Gregg, in terms of figurative language and metaphor. It refers to what really lies beneath the deep water, to the truths hidden and to the true persons we live with for a long time. The Music is a masterpiece of Alan Silvestri. It perfectly fits every single scene especially the final scene where it is as if it were drawn exactly to it. The music in it describes the emergence of the corpse and its gradual movement upwards. It is a truly skillful piece of filmmaking by the director Robert Zemmickis.

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