Last night, I was privileged to view "What Lies Beneath" for the first time.
Let's just say that this movie was RIDICULOUS in terms of Robert Zemeckis' talent. And I mean that in a positive way.
I have always been a fan of his movies, ever since I first saw Back to the Future Part III as a kid. I went into this movie with no idea what it was about or if it was going to be any good.
Zemeckis executes a number of ridiculously amazing camera moves and effects, which if done by any other director would look ridiculous, draw attention to themselves and just look like a director showboating with a computer. Zemeckis, on the other hand, uses these special effects to tell a very compelling story, and do so in a visually haunting way.
I cannot go into the plot of this film for fear of spoilers, but I can tell you that you NEED to see this movie. It's like that movie that everyone has heard of but never seen. "Oh, 'What Lies Beneath?' I've heard of it. What's it about?"
Go watch the ridiculous camera moves, like the one which comes from way outside the bridge to inside the truck and close-up onto the cell phone, in the last few minutes of the movie. The whole way through, I was screaming, "Oh, SHUT UP Robert Zemeckis! Why can't I make amazing special effects like these?"
Soon followed by, "Oh, that's right. I have no money for special effects like that."
Oh, and watch the faces.