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Fear (1996)


Director: James Foley

Writer: Christopher Crowe (Screenplay)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen, Any Brenneman, Alyssa Milano, Christopher Gray, Tracy Fraim, Gary Riley


Plot: When Nicole met David; handsome, charming, affectionate, he was everything. It seemed perfect, but soon she sees that David has a darker side. And his adoration turns to obsession, their dream into a nightmare, and her love into fear.


Verdict: Love is a Thriller


Story: When teenagers fall in love we all know that nothing much will come of it when one part turns into a bit of a psycho. We do get to see the highs of the relationship and how in love the couple are, but we also see the dark side once they start to break up. We see how one man snaps once he can’t get what he wants and will go to great lengths in his mind games against the family before things get out of hand. It turns from a dull school girl romance into a home invasion psychological thriller. (7/10)


Actor Review


Mark Wahlberg: David the charmer with a dark side because when love takes over he will stop at nothing to get his girl, disposing of whoever gets in his way. Good performance here showing his darker side and range early on in his career. (8/10)


Reese Witherspoon: Nicole the sweet sixteen year old who falls for bad boy David, not noticing that he could have a darker side and wonders why he gets mad when she just stops seeing him, very naïve young girl. Good performance from Reese showing she was going onto bigger and better things. (7/10)

William Petersen: Steve the architect father of Nicole who becomes suspicious of David early on but gets drawn into his mind games. Good protective father performance showing he always had the authority role down to a tee. (7/10)


Director Review: James Foley – Good direction mixing genres as the film unfolds. (7/10)


Thriller: Once the slow romantic story first finishes the thrills really start. (8/10)

Settings: Some good isolated locations leaving the family trapped while the invasion happens. (7/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try, fans of the actors should go back and see their early work and it is a solid thriller. (Try)


Best Part: Wahlberg is frightening in the lead villain.

Worst Part: Slow starting.

Kill Of The Film: School friend.

Scariest Scene: The dog scene.

Believability: People can become that obsessed but I think this is a bit too far. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $21 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Tagline: He’s dying to date you


Overall: Solid Thriller About A Lost Love


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