Shadow of Fear
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After opening credits play over moody and very well photographed shoes walking on a rainy pavement bleeding into a hand held glass of liquor, we are plunged into an event of a hit and run by one Harrison French (Matthew Davis) only to discover that this youngest member of a secret society of wealthy men controlled by William Ashbury (James Spader) at first tries to keep his murderous event to himself without involving his wife Wynn (Robin Tunney) or his associates. French deals in real estate and is on the verge of bankruptcy and is dependent on his father-in-law Congressman (Peter Coyote) who strangely warns him to move away from the present environs.
Events develop: French's dope addict brother-in-law is killed after being involved in a bank heist (is this the man French murdered by hit and run?), French is arrested by Detective (Aidan Quinn) who seems to have all of the information about the interweaving scandalous events captured on film but one of French's associates in the society (an associate on the brink of being discovered as womanizer and adulterer), and the very cool and omniscient William Ashbury consistently intervenes to correct each of the evil doings of the secret society - for a price. Money can apparently change all truths and the entire secret society is implicated in some way with odious misdeeds covered up by the evil manipulations of Ashbury.
How all of these interwoven missteps are resolved is left to the very end of the film and therein lies the film's weakness.Read more ›
We find out that all the men are involved in a secret organigation, however not by choice. It seems each has done a deed they had to cover up and a very evil man named William found the solutions, however now they would forever be in his debt. Harrison is now in the web, having run from the scene of the accident.However he decides to fight back and get his life and those of the men free from this demonic controlling man.
There are many twists and turns to this movie but I think it really showed that owning up to what we have done is the best route to take. Deception in any form only leads to more heartache and control by forces we do not want to take over. This movie had a good ending, but you wonder how many times in life that people have put themselves in these situations that it did not. I believe you would enjoy viewing this movie, it has some good moments and is quite thought provoking.
This is one of those movies that once I started it, I was so challenged and captivated by it I couldn't "put it down". What's great about this film is that it puts you in the position of the main character, who is caught in a web he can't quite understand and you have to figure it out along with him. All the pieces fell into place for me at exactly the right time so it was a total winner.
If you're looking for brainless entertainment where everything is explained Dick-and-Jane style as you go along, there are thousands of other films out there you'll like better. I found this gripping and rewarding.
Also good words for the performers in this film -this is a movie that depends on real acting -not on CGI, exploding cars, or impossible acrobatics. Matt Davis pulls off a really difficult role -the entire film hangs on the expressions on this guys face, and on the other main characters as well They're all worth watching.
A top notch drama/myster/thriller if that's what you're looking for.
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This was a cat and mouse game, and James Spader was a very, very good cat. The ending was a surprise. This was a good movie, and worth a look see.Published 20 months ago by Joann C. Supulski
I enjoyed this movie very much, first I enjoy Aidan Quinn in just about anything he does, second this was a different type of mystery you don't normally see.Published 23 months ago by Geradine Dinardo
Twist and turns with a surprising ending. Makes you wonder what is going on behind the curtain. This is a good movie that sparks thought.Published 24 months ago by iamspy007
I bought this, being a James Spader fan. When I bought it I realized it was already shown on tv and I had seen it. The plot was okay, but not great. Read morePublished 24 months ago by See Sea
I want to revise my review of this movie as I accidently applied my review of another movie to this Movie. I liked this movie alot. James Spader was good in it. Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by sleepingbeauty