Thursday, August 16, 2012

Movie Review: Fear

Fear (1996, James Foley) - 10.0
Nicole (Reese Witherspoon), a sweet high school girl, starts dating the slightly older, handsome, and seemingly kind Mark Wahlberg. They grow close quickly, but Nicole’s father (William Petersen) has reservations about Walhberg, who seems too good to be true. Turns out he’s onto something. No matter how romantically Wahlberg fingers Reese on a rollercoaster, it can’t make up for his psychotic jealousy (he brutally attacks Reese’s gay friend for putting his arm around her) and insane possessiveness (he carves “NICOLE 4 EVA” into his chest). When Reese tries to break away from him, things go off the rails as Wahlberg and his friends invade her family’s home. It’s campy at times, but it’s also legitimately suspenseful and upsetting. Wahlberg and Petersen are both amazing in their vigorous battle of macho intensity. An extremely underrated, sexy rollercoaster ride of a thriller. FEAR 4 EVA.

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