The Deep End
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From the opening scene to the last credit, you won't be able to tear your eyes from the screen. Tilda Swinton, the star and focus of this film, is perfect in the role of a woman trying to protect her family from tragedy while maintaining her daily routine.
A brief summary: Her adolescent son has been piecked up by a manipulative man and then the man tries to blackmail the boy's mother for money. Afterwards, he dies in cirucmstances that make the boy a possible suspect - although he is, in fact, innocent (I'm not giving anything away here; all of this is revealed early on in the movie).
Swinton is calmly focused (most of the time), single-mindedly determined in her quest to hold everything together in the face of nearly insurmountable odds. She is equally determined to make sure her family - son, 2 daughter, elderly father-in-law - aren't aware of what is going on, of the tragedy that took place within minutes of their front doorstep. Meanwhile, her life is changing but not in ways she could have foreseen. In spite of her best efforts, she can't control everything.
Watching Swinton juggle all her everyday duties (cooking, cleaning, keeping the kids organized and on time for school and after school activities) while dealing with the burden of hiding a body, covering up the evidence and keeping everyone in the dark, I couldn't help marveling at her apparent selflessness in the face of so much and at her incredible ability to fool those around her.
This movie is one of the best of the year.Read more ›
Tilda Swinton, who played the main character in this movie, was breathtaking. I haven't been as inspired by a performance since I saw Cate Blanchett in "Elizabeth", and those of you who have known me for a while understand just how blown away I was by Swinton. Why isn't she in a million films?!
I'm reading a lot of personal reviews on the internet and it seems like most people don't agree with my glowing review of "The Deep End", which is a shame. Even thought the critics tended to really like it, more films like it won't be made unless the audience responds well. I guess it requires some patience to watch, although to me the film just flew by. You are required to believe in the character's desperation and love for her child, which is what drives the movie. I can't believe people this film isn't resonating more with people who have children. I don't, but I could actually feel the fierce nature of a mother's - and the fact she would do *anything* to protect her child from harm.
If you have a chance, go see it. Even with all that is going on in my life, I was enveloped in this movie. I just lost track of everything else and just got absorbed in it- the colors, the sounds, the emotions, the intensity.
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I hate it... Not the movie. I didn't get to watch the movie. But I did find out that Amazon video services and customer service are incompetent at supporting Kindle breakdowns. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Grumpy Hummingbird
Very suspenseful movie right from the get-go. Tilda Swinton plays one very tough, single minded lady and acts out a role that would rattle most male actors. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joe S
A tense thriller. A spiral out of control that all starts with one decision anyone might make.Published 2 months ago by Joseph D Hernandez
Interesting movie and one that kept my interest from beginning to end. Tilda is always so believable in her rolls. A fine movie.Published 2 months ago by dachsie fan
Old-fashioned suspense with a Hitchcock-styled plot twist. Based on 1947 novel "The Blank Wall" by largely forgotten detective writer- Elisabeth S. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chu224
Much better than I expected. An interesting twist. But I question why the blackmailers would go after that family since I'm sure they knew what income bracket they were in and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by jonbaptiste