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The only real problem with Stir of Echoes has nothing to do with the movie itself, but with unlucky coincidence. Adapted from a Richard Matheson novel, this film arrived around the same time as The Sixth Sense, and surface similarities made it suffer by cursory comparison and the competing film's phenomenal success. It's a pity, because this one features one of Kevin Bacon's best performances, in a psychological thriller that makes a lot more right moves than wrong ones. Bacon plays a blue-collar guy who laments his ordinary life, only to learn, when his sister-in-law (Ileanna Douglas) hypnotizes him, that he is a "receiver" capable of seeing spirits and split-second glimpses of past and future events. It's a torturous gift to have--especially since his friendly Chicago neighborhood possesses a dark secret--and Bacon plays the role with an appropriate mixture of obsession and internalized torment.
Similarity to The Sixth Sense applies only to the basic premise and the character of Bacon's young son. Otherwise, this is more of a hard-edged journey of self-discovery, marital crisis, and recovery, with Bacon's wife (played by the highly underrated Kathryn Erbe) involved in an underdeveloped subplot about a group of people who share Bacon's gift as paranormal "receivers." Furthering his career as a writer-director of intelligent thrillers, David Koepp makes a few missteps in pacing and thematic overkill, but overall Stir of Echoes is a sharp, sensitive thriller that unfolds to reveal a dramatically satisfying solution to its mystery. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I found this Blu-ray in the Walmart $5.00 bin. 5 year old Jake (Zachary David Cope) has "the shining" as a phrase one might borrow from another film. Read morePublished 4 months ago by The Movie Guy
Kevin Bacon et al are great. i love the simplicity of the script and it's subtle twists n turns
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Love this movie, but it came with a scratch big enough that it will not play. I've never had trouble with Amazon before, so I let it slide. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Sascha Lipinski
Moi et les films d'esprit, sauf que lui est un peu dur à digérer, on rentre vraiment dedans..et quand on apprend la fin..bleh! Read morePublished on June 12 2013 by LiLy
One of the most under rated movies to be released!! LIke thrillers? you will love this movie that should have never been released to compete with the sixth sense...... Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2009 by Alison Johnson
This is not a bad movie. It is reasonably well made, although it has dubiously long sequences of Kevin Bacon searching for power tools and using said power tools w/o any serious... Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by J A W