An overly long final confrontation is suspenseless
, and that's because the filmmakers haven't bothered to give McCall any vulnerability whatsoever.
The idea was to re-create a black-and-white, World War II Army training film -- clunky dialogue, declamatory acting, suspenseless
suspense and all -- with a contemporary perspective.
They" takes the premise of Stephen King's "It," borrows a bit from David Twohy's "Pitch Black" and incorporates the suspenseless
subway car finale of Guillermo Del Toro's "Mimic," while never making much internal sense.
So it was rather unfair of me, while on that journey, to dismiss What Lies Beneath as a suspenseless
, unthrilling drama.
Etheredge-Ouzts stages the stalkings and slashings effectively enough, but too much of the movie is devoted to suspenseless
The problem with the movie is that all of the scary stuff is presented in flashback during extensive - and extensively suspenseless
- trial scenes.