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Stir of Echoes [Blu-ray]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: May 22 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 199 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001ECDVZ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,843 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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Okay I have seen the comparisons to "Sixth Sense" so let's get this over with.....Yes they did come out at the same time but I think "Stir of Echoes" has more edge and also gives you more of a phsyical jump than Sixth Sense's sort of mental jump(if you will).
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!
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Stir of Echoes has something that most movies do not have-a story adapted from a Richard Matheson novel. I haven't had a chance to read this particular novel as of yet and thus cannot say how closely the movie follows it, but the fact that we have this movie as a result of director David Koepp's chance reading of the highly talented Matheson's 1958 novel is a powerful argument for keeping the works of the truly great writers in print and readily available to all. Certainly, there is a Sixth Sense quality to this movie, quite by accident and somewhat to its misfortune in terms of the timing of its theatrical release, but this movie stands on its own quite nicely. Kevin Bacon gives a remarkable performance as Tom Witzky, a man haunted by visions he can neither understand nor escape from. These disturbing visions first come to him after he is hypnotized by his sister-in-law at a party, and almost immediately they begin to consume him. His wife Maggie (Kathryn Erbe) grows frantic with worry, while his son Jake (Zachary David Cope making his feature film debut) eases his transition into this strange new mental world. Jake has been talking to ghosts throughout his childhood, especially Samantha, the teenager Tom unexpectedly encounters on his couch that first night and seeks to "find" again. Samantha wants him to do something, and Tom's struggle involves finding out just what that something is. There are plenty of creepy scenes to be enjoyed, and the visual presentation of Samantha is especially well done; the unnatural way she moves was captured by having Jennifer Morrison walk especially slowly and filming her using a different frame rate than normal. It's remarkably effective.Read more ›
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I'm kinda' in the middle of somethin'
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....
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Kevin Bacon is Tom Witzky, a normal man who's just moved into a new Chicago neighborhood with his wife (Kathryn Erbe) and young son. Going to a party one night, he's hypnotized by his sister-in-law just for kicks, but once he's out of his trance, he receives dark visions and strange messages that lead to a mystery that occurred in the very neighborhood he now lives in. Underrated financial failure(somehow, the awful Stigmata managed to gross much more money on the same opening weekend) from writer/director David Koepp is an engrossing thriller and one of the most effective horror films of the 90's, it's intelligent, superbly acted (Kevin Bacon delivers possibly the best performance of his career), and most importanty, suspenseful and frightening. Stumbles a little in the finale once the revelation is revealed, but for almost its entirety, this is a highly, highly entertaining and compelling film that casts an effective and enjoyably dark web. See it, see it NOW.
**** 1/2 out of *****
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