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WHAT LIES BENEATH AN EDGY THRILLER

It appears from some reviews that "What Lies Beneath" isn't much at all. However, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford, who cares?
It seems that the highly successful Dr. Norman Spencer (Harrison Ford) has had an affair a year ago with a lithesome college girl, unbeknownst to his beautiful wife, Claire ( Michelle Pfeiffer).
Having just sent their daughter of to college, things seem perfect in the Spencer household until Claire begins hearing things, and, furthermore, seeing things.
Specifically, she sees images of Spencer's former and deceased lover. She consults Spencer about this strange state of affairs, but he tells her she is delusional. However, not so fast here.
The image is out really to get Spencer, and merely scare Claire.
Some sources say that director Robert Zemeckis has stolen blatantly from the old master, Hitchcock, especially in one horrific bathtub scene. Maybe. At least he has stolen from the very best. Critics run the gamut on the film, from calling it "wonderful, edge of the seat scary," to a "movie made for Forrest Gump." Zemeckis directed Forrest Gump.
Supporting actor James Remar, who plays the Spencer's peculiar neighbor, gets honorable mention, giving the movie its one "macabre jolt" when he mocks Claire's paranoia with a bit of "lightening-quick pantomime."
The movie is rated PG-13 (and, be prepared, it's 2 hours long) for terror, violence, sensuality and brief language. (There's that phrase again – does it mean they speak in boxers?)
It starts Thursday at Sunny Isles Theaters.

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