An unforgettable impeccable performance by Michelle Pfeiffer. The story of a woman who becomes possessed by a ghost of the past, most notably the scene recalled by fans as the couple is about to make love, Michelle Pfeiffer's character turns towards her lover, played by Harrison Ford, and says "I think she's starting to suspect something...," "Who?" And replies: "your wife."
A smart thriller with brilliant acting from Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. Definitively one of my favorites. While focusing on the problems of an apparently normal relationship, "What Lies Beneath" has some original scary moments and much suspense.
Despite an interesting story and a charming cast, What Lies Beneath has trouble raising it's quality above average. The acting wasn't particularly good despite the fact that both of the main characters are known to give good performances, the third act, while being entertaining was completely illogical, cliché and way too over the top compared to the more realistic and slow previous acts and the movie isn't very **** you're looking for a good scary paranormal flick, I'd suggest you watch something else.
This dry mystery thriller fails to generate enough tension with its superb cast. Seems in the persuit of a Hitchcock style zemekis instead strangely focusing here on unnecessary complex visual effects shots that serve only to distract from the events unfolding. Missed opportunity but an interesting watch.
What lies beneath? Definitely the most impressive and comprehensive collection of cliches, nonsense absurdities and boring moments ever assembled in this pretentious couldn't-possibly-be-slower film. Nothing happens for the first 90 minutes. Pfeiffer wanders in her home trying to look troubled, has pointless encounters with neighbors, plays some ouija with a friend and from time to time exchanges with Ford some dull dialogue that sounds anything but realistic. And when filming nothing seems to have reached it's limits, well, you just get some more. The final twist doesn't come as a surprise -remember, you had 90' to try and guess it out, nothing was happening on the screen- and the final confrontation is sooooo ludicrous that it keeps me wondering if it has been stolen from the Scary Movie franchise. But surprisingly, I actually rather enjoyed the ending. It gets hysterical as every step seems to have been written under the strict rule of "of all options my characters have, what would be the least logical or probable?" This pure overdose of nonsense situations gets really funny, and comes as a nice and more than welcomed frustration relief after sitting through nearly two hours of pretentious pseudo hitchcokian homage. (I know I got Sir Alfred's last name spelled wrong, but it keeps being deleted by some poorly encoded "Politically Correct" protection stuff that doesn't seem to stand the second syllable of Hitchco**)