Here's a movie about a man and a wife, living the ideal life, until one day the wife's diagnosed with cancer and dies. But what was that thing she saw in the car, the day before she was diagnosed with this illness? Could that have been what caused it? Her post-mortem drawings paint a macabre picture.
John Klein (played by Richard Gere) starts digging, but it's not until he's one day out driving, and ends up with an engine failure in a small town in West Virginia - 400 miles from where he was going, that things actually start making sense... or not. In the countryside idyll Point Pleasant strange things are happening.
It's a captivating thriller, where one initial surprise actually made me jump, and both music and atmosphere really set the mood. And guess what? The film is based on actual events that occurred between November 1966 and December 1967 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
It's also the first movie I've seen that IMDB does not correctly sum up plot in any way, though all but underrated. It really was a gritty thriller without like, with convincing characters and a spooky setting, though relations in particular could've been a bit more passionate. There's an impressive scene with the collapsing bridge at the end too, which apparently took three months to build - even if it is a miniature.
Likable characters, tension, emotion, love, an element of the unknown that is revealed slowly, with sensible but not conclusive explanations, and doesn't directly impact the story in any way... it's got it all and that extra something far from stereotype. The filming's not blockbuster-type quality, but they capture the essence well, and the script's a precise guide. Great watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle