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Dr. Nathan Conrad is summoned by a colleague to examine Elisabeth Burrows. Little does Nathan suspect that Elisabeth and her cryptic message are tied to a danger that has closed in on him and his family. Nathan's daughter has been kidnapped by ruthless thieves, and to save her, he somehow must unlock a six-digit number locked away in Elisabeth's troubled mind.
PROFANITY: 3 GD's, 16 F-words. Not that many other profanities. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Some stabbings and a beating. Nothing too terribly graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: Some explosions, chases and gun play. Nothing special. COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny moments.
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Review Below Average "Don't say you weren't warned. There are instant clues
that this ill-timed Michael Douglas vehicle is a dually unfortunate viewing
experience. First, there's the obvious New York City setting, then there's the
gloomy photography, foreboding music and general onscreen ineptitude.''
Review Good "..the heart of the movie is dull: Brittany Murphy's
puzzle-brained psycho has too few layers, and the unraveling of her mystery is
telegraphed and flashbacked to the point of numb monotony.''
Review Above Average "Douglas has made roles like this his own, and redeems
them by skirting just barely this side of overacting--which is about where a
character in this plot should be positioned. Shame that his subtler and more
human work in movies like ''Wonder Boys'' is seen by smaller audiences than his
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Review Average "..this by-the-numbers psychological thrill ride is
efficient and utterly soulless. The baddies are bad, the good guys are pure of
heart, and the cinematography is suitably dispiriting, all blue and gray and
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
My prediction was off on this one. Nearly everyone really enjoyed this movie. Only a few indicated they thought it was slow, which is what I thought. With only a very few opinions as low as "Good," this is obviously a movie with wide appeal. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND "DON'T SAY A WORD."
Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
Not as "Thrilling" as I like my Thrillers, but it has its moments. The story was interesting and entertaining, but I suspect some moviegoers will complain about the movies slow pace. If you go in knowing this is more of a psychological thriller, where the thrills are in the intricate plot, you will probably enjoy yourself more.
I would recommend "Don't Say a Word," but not real strongly, unless you're a big fan of psychological thrillers.
Preeminent New York psychiatrist Dr. Nathan Conrad has a successful Upper West Side practice, a beautiful wife and a charming daughter. Making his way home to begin a tranquil Thanksgiving holiday, Conrad is summoned by a colleague to examine a young woman. Elisabeth Burrows presents a history of unexplained violence and a miasma of failed treatments and misdiagnoses. In short, Elisabeth is the kind of case Nathan used to live for before he went "uptown." Now, he is Elisabeth's last chance before she is shipped off to a purgatory of state institutionalization.
Nathan's skills and intuition make headway into Elisabeth's case, and his curiosity is further aroused by her mysterious first words to him: "You want what they want, don't you? ... I'll never tell ... any of you.
Little does Nathan suspect that Elisabeth and her cryptic message are tied to a danger that has closed in on him and his family. Nathan's daughter has been kidnapped by ruthless thieves, and to save her, he somehow must unlock a six-digit number locked away in Elisabeth's troubled mind. There is no discussion, no negotiation. With his daughter's captors watching his every move, Nathan is trapped in a nightmare even he could never have envisioned. And as Nathan is reminded constantly by his tormentors: if he wants to see his daughter alive, he dare not say a single word.