Don`t Say A Word : Movie
Michael Douglas takes on the role of a psychiatrist who is called upon to assess a grossly disturbed catatonic patient. The following day his daughter is kidnapped, and Douglas is told that if he wants to see her alive again he must go back to his patient and extract a secret number that she has hidden in her head. But this patient won`t say a word.
The set-up is shrouded in promise and at one point even begins to echo the air of tension and suspense we were privy to in that chilling classic `The Silence of The Lambs`. However, such build-up merely primes us - not for an intense psychological adventure - but for a generic, uninspiring unfolding of events that - although culminating in a satisfying enough climax - shall likely serve to disengage and dishearten a thoroughly disinterested viewer. Not enough energy was spent exploring the doctor/patient relationship and the police-investigation sub-plot really does get in the way and only makes way for yet more typical thriller twists. We could have been watching some truly tense dialogue unfold while our screen was being devaluated by the tedious, tiresome struts of the supporting co-cast.
The whole thing is very interesting, but the manner in which it is executed feels somewhat sloppy and typical. Thrillers these days come far, far better. Based on the novel by Andrew Klavan, Don`t Say A Word is probably an example of a poorly adapted screenplay. It is certainly watchable, but was for me a bearer of false promise that ultimately fell short of the mark.
Added: Sunday, August 31, 2003
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