Stir of Echoes [Blu-ray]
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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.
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Anyways with that out of the way...Nothin' really out as far as new releases go for this May 2003, so I decided to check this out. First I watched "The Ring"(2002) and then I watched this.....and let's just say that tonight I'll get out the night light that I have put away from many years ago.
This is a good example of the great scary movies that came out during the 1996-2000 time frame. Now everything is all this mental crap that isn't spoonfed. Well sometimes I like the movie were you have to think a lot but dang it sometimes I wanna be spoonfed and giving the phsyical factor that this movie produces.
So in short...If not a movie to buy than it's definitely worth a rental(you might have to ask store where the movie is...it is 1999 anyways). This movie gives off great jump and suspensful moments. The plot is great and as for "Sixth Sense" this movie tops it without question. Enjoy! Peace!
That was an unforgettable scene from this film. Kevin Bacon is in the middle of digging up his backyard when his wife shows up and asks him to come with her to her Grandmother's funeral.
Kevin is great in this film. He plays a regular guy leading a regular life in a small northern rowhouse neighborhood. He and his family have been there for several months and are renting a house from one of the neighbors. It's a pretty tight knit community. Everyone knows everyone.
At a neighborhood party, Kevin consents to be hypnotized. Once that happens, his life will never be the same. He is now a "receiver". Constantly bombarded by ideas that are not his own. He begins to understand his son and his problems.
Evidently, not too long in the past, his house was the scene of a murder. The neighbors were aware of it and chose to hide it rather than notify the authorities. Kevin's son has been communicating with the vistim for some time. His parents assumed he was just using his "imagination". Now Kevin is experiencing the same communications.
This is a scary film, it's also a funny film... Lot's a good, intense story here....
**** 1/2 out of *****
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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 13 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 on Oct. 17 2013 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