Nicole is your average teenager who, while partying with her less than innocent best friend, meets a not so average guy named David. After seducing Nicole, David begins to change and Nicole begins to sense something is amiss. With their relationship faltering, David suddenly changes, attacking her family in a desperate attempt to win her back.
Mark Wahlberg (David), Reese Witherspoon (Nicole), William Petersen (Steve), Amy Brenneman (Laura), Alyssa Milano (Margo), Christopher Gray (Toby), Tracy Fraim (Logan), Gary Riley (Hacker), Jed Rees (Knobby).
Fear starts off a bit slow with plenty of character background, development, and plot setup. Once Nicole meets David however, things get interesting much faster with plenty of intrigue and some sexuality. When Nicole begins to question the relationship she has with David the film takes a sudden twist jumping straight into the suspense and thrill of the plot. Although the ending is somewhat expected, it is filled with some good action and ties up loose ends fairly well.
Acting was pretty good in Fear and it was nice to see Wahlberg, Witherspoon, and Milano when they were less Hollywood mainstream and still honing their skills. Wahlberg fit his role well and presented nicely throughout the film. Witherspoon was in type as a sexy innocent young girl, as was Milano as a somewhat trashy sexpot. The remainder of the supporting cast rounded out the crew well.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good and the film had a nice, solid feel. Physical effects were nicely done without imposing on the film while adding a realistic touch. Dialogue was good with only a few out of place or campy lines. Sound and soundtrack were both well done.
Overall Fear is a well done psychological thriller that includes a good dose of action, suspense, and even mild horror along with the thrill ride. Genre fans, fans of the main actors, or those enjoying a solid suspense film will enjoy this the most.
With foul language, violence, blood and gore, nudity, sexuality, and drug use save this one for the oldest teens and above.
Fear is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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