Tom is your average kinda guy. A guy who once had big dreams but now finds himself working the day in day out to keep his family afloat. His
The story kicks into second as his sister-in-law hypnotizes him, opening spiritual doors into his life. That night while in bed he witnesses a ghost in the house (a terrifying moment). His son, "a receiver", has always been able to see and hear things and is trying to calm his father, begging for him to not be afraid. But Tom remains frustrated and afraid, especially after the ghost starts making demands. Slowly the story of this ghost begins to unfold and Tom goes on a obsessive search to find her missing body.
This film was written by none other than David Koepp who proudly wrote many of our blockbuster favorites. To name a few he wrote War of the Worlds, Mission Impossible, Spiderman, Panic Room,
The story is based off one of my favorite writers, Richard Matheson, who wrote the novel I am Legend and The Incredible Shrinking
Kevin Bacon does a good job as Tom, a new receiver for the undead. For some reason I usually underestimate him as an actor. Bacon has created some interesting roles in the past and this one is definitely not one of his worst.
The story is interesting and worth conversation. It seems the first half of the movie is trying to scare while the second becomes more about the mystery of the girl, how she was killed, and where her body might be.
Stir of Echoes was definitely written by a good writer. Clues and traps are set throughout the movie making the payoff worth that much more. Definitely some bumps and snags along the way but still an interesting story on a genre that quickly can become cliché or oversaturated.
Some of my only issues are maybe with the ghost. Her first appearance gets your heart racing and your friend screaming. Unfortunately the director begins to show you way too much and she quickly becomes just that pale figure lurking beyond the corners. I guess this plays more into the transition from horror to mystery but still...
The happy ghost end scene was ridiculous and there was a beautiful set up for "angry ghosts" but never really a follow through worth mentioning.
I know some would disagree but I thought the inclusion of Neil the cop was random and ultimately not needed.
Last but not least the receiver child of Bacon was a key element that rises above and beyond(thank god it didn't turn into the 6th Sense). There's an amazing opening scene of the movie where the kid is in the bathtub talking to the camera, asking us the audience weird questions. We see his father in the other room tinkering with something. Finally almost annoyed Tom comes in and swoops his kid out of the tub asking about pajamas. The camera reveals the boy was talking the wall...or THE GHOST!!!! A great opening scene.
Stir of Echoes is not without its flaws but still maintains enough originality and solid story telling to give you a little more than you bargained for.