Don't Say a Word

2001

Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller

30
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 24%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 49%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 44547

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Cast

Brittany Murphy as Elisabeth Burrows
Famke Janssen as Aggie Conrad
Sean Bean as Patrick Koster
Michael Douglas as Dr. Nathan R. Conrad
720p.BLU
546.90 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 53 min
P/S 2 / 15

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 4 / 10

A dull, derivative time waster

A contrived and uninteresting thriller that reveals everything that's wrong with Hollywood. The letdown here is the script, a nonsensical piece of writing that sees various parties scrabbling after a secret code that can be used to unlock a priceless ruby. It's ludicrous in the extreme and never believable for a second.

The late Brittany Murphy appears as the world's most unconvincing mental patient, apparently suffering the effects of witnessing something horrific as a kid. Embarrassing is a good word I'd describe to use her performance. Michael Douglas is the everyman hero and rather dull with it, while the likes of Famke Janssen are wasted in supporting roles. Sean Bean is the only strong link in the cast, and he's relegated the cliché British bad guy role.

There's no action to divert from the poor writing, apart from a few silly moments in which Douglas somehow manages to best younger, fitter opponents in hand to hand combat. For a far better kidnapping thriller, I recommend RANSOM.

Reviewed by NateWatchesCoolMovies 7 / 10

Average thriller

Gary Fleder's Don't Say A Word is a slightly topical and generic thriller that slickly goes through the motions to give us a result that is entertaining, if nothing special. The late Brittany Murphy plays Elizabeth, a disturbed young girl who resides in a psychiatric facility, haunted by a violent past trauma, unable to cope or communicate. A decade earlier, she witnessed her father brutally murdered by a group of jewel thieves, bent on finding out the location of a priceless gem he hid somewhere. Michael Douglas plays Nathan Conrad, the psychiatrist tasked with unlocking the secrets of Elizabeth's mind. The trouble arises when Patrick Koster (Sean Bean), leader of the thieves, catches on and promptly kidnaps Conrad's daughter (Sky McCole, RIP) as leverage to find the whereabouts of the jewel. A tense game of cat, mouse and killer ensues as Bean's crew basically terrorizes Douglas's family. Murphy gives the best performance as the damaged teenager fighting tooth and nail to suppress the horror of times past. Douglas makes a solid protagonist and desperate father, struggling to protect his daughter and wife (Famke Janssen) whilst in the midst of crisis. Bean carries the villain role nicely, never moustache twirling yet maintaining the menace terrifically and holding his end up. There's supporting work from Oliver Platt, David Warshofsky, Victor Argo, Jennifer Esposito, Shawn Doyle and Aiden Devine as well. It's standard thriller territory, helped nicely by its cast and given an extra shot of quality by Brittany Murphy's superb work.

Reviewed by captaintink 6 / 10

Worth a Watch but also Annoying

It's not a bad movie at all, a decent thriller in many ways. However the female detective's character is well annoying, aggravatingly annoying. She has total blinders on and cares only about solving her one case. Her reactions to things make very little sense. It's what kept me from thoroughly enjoying the movie but despite that it's worth a watch.

The story is decent, not very original fairly predictable (although my standards of predictable are vastly different from most people so maybe you'll be surprised) and there are some very good performances by Brittany Murphy, Michael Douglas, Sean Bean and Famke Janssen and Oliver Platt.

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