What Lies Beneath

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If you’re looking for a good suspense-thriller, you’ll enjoy What Lies Beneath. Claire Spencer (Michelle Pfeiffer) is a housewife living in Vermont who feels lonely after her daughter goes off to college. Her husband Norman (Harrison Ford) is an award winning Geneticist who typically works long hours at his lab, thus setting the stage for his wife to start “experiencing things.” She hears voices, pictures begin falling off walls, and after the next door neighbors have a fight, Claire is convinced that the husband has killed his wife. Sounds like someone has an over-active imagination. Norman attributes her manifestations to Empty Nest Syndrome and sends her to a psychiatrist. While talking to her shrink, Claire said she’s scared because she thinks there’s a ghost in the house and asks what she should do. He suggests that she try and communicate with it. (Okay, I’m wondering. Does he need therapy?) She takes his advice and buys a Quija Board, then she invites her best friend Jody over and they try to summon the ghost. Nothing happens until after Jody leaves. (What a shock!) Claire hears noises in the bathroom and she notices that the bathtub is full of water. When she goes closer to the tub, she sees the reflection of a girl in the water. Why doesn’t she see these things when anyone else is around? She is eventually able to identify the ghost, and learns that the beautiful young girl had been one of her husbands students. When she confronts Norman with this new information, the real excitement begins. This film is full of suspense, but there are no real twists or turns. There are also too many water scenes for a film of this length; it’s torture for people with small bladders! I give this so-so movie a high C rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.