The Deep End (2001)

“Beau-Beau, she’s a mother, not a moron. ” – Darby Reese

Number of Times Seen – Twice (18 Apr 2002 and 8 Dec 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After a mother discovers a dead body near their lake house, she does all she can to protect her son who she believes caused the death.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I saw years ago and recently came across.

I didn’t remember anything about it, so I decided to see what it was all about.

This is a very suspenseful and powerful thriller that is able to work quite well.

Tilda Swinton is perfectly cast in the lead role and is able to make us believe everything that happens to her along the way.

Her chemistry with all of the other characters that she interacts with is great and that also adds so much to the genuine and real feel of this story.

Her character’s motivation in solely to protect her family and that rings true the whole way through.,

The pacing of this film is also done really well and that helps keep things constantly on the move.

They find some really clever ways to raise the level of suspense throughout as things progress into unknown territory.

the biggest problem with this film is the fact that the villains never seem threatening or menacing enough and that actually hurts things a bit despite the fact that they do seem intimidating to this women as she fights for the survival and integrity of her family.

The story plays out in a somewhat realistic way that helps keep it all quite gripping and engaging throughout.

Bottom Line – Great thriller that works so well. Swinton is perfect in the lead role and makes us truly believe everything that her character must deal with.  She has great chemistry with the other characters as does all she can to do what she thinks is the right way to protect her family. The story itself moves along at a great pace and they manage to find some clever ways to raise the suspense level as things progress. The villains in the film are good, but they don’t seem to be as menacing or scary as one might expect them to be, yet things still work in realistic fashion throughout. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Tilda Swinton, in consensus with the directors, cut her signature long hair to shoulder-length for the first time in nearly two decades in order to play Margaret Hall. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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