The Deep End of the Ocean (1999) – Encore Review


“I know that’s what I remembered, that I wasn’t scared, because I knew you’d come and find me ” – Sam Karras

Number of Times Seen – 3 Times (18 Apr 2002 and 9 Jun 2014 and 1 Jun 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Nine years after a young boy is kidnapped, his family believes that he is actually living a few blocks away.

My Take on it – Such an amazing film that works really well.

Michelle Pfeiffer, Treat Williams and Whoopie Goldberg are all superb here.

The dynamics of this story are great and allow the viewer to get a far reaching overview of how a family copes with the loss of a young child and how their world is once again turned upside down when they seem to have found him.

They do an amazing job looking at how this kind of event can affect a family on so many levels.

The novel that this is based on obviously is able to go into much more detail about the emotional effects on each of the family members, but even in a visual media, they still find ways to made the viewer understand the ripple effects along the way.

The story itself is quite compelling and they deal with some very complex issues in very powerful and poignant ways which helps make this story so emotional and enjoyable to watch unfold.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  After Pat and Beth have a fight (following Ben’s disappearance), Pat goes for a ride in his car and young Vincent comes along to smooth the waters. In his hand, he plays with a cassette tape. It is the soundtrack to Grease 2 (1982), which starred Michelle Pfeiffer. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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