The Deep End (2001)

<strong class="MovieTitle">The Deep End</strong> (2001)

(In theaters, November 2001) Is it an accident if motherhood and water are the two recurring themes of the film? Far from starring the usual stalwart single action hero, this thriller revolves around a harried single mother whose husband is away on naval duty. She is gradually drawn, in inimitably thrillerish fashion, in a series of increasingly criminal acts to protect her family… but then the menace starts to be seductive and everything goes wrong. Tilda Swinton cuts a sympathetic figure as the heroine, but even despite everything, the film feels a bit too forced, too calculated and definitely too slow even at 100 minutes. It’s definitely a minimalist thriller, the type that allows a few viewers to imagine themselves is similar claustrophobic circumstances. If you’ve got a long attention span, fine; otherwise, be prepared for slow stretches.

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