The Deep End


Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Romance / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 82%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 59%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 10230


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Tilda Swinton as Margaret Hall
Josh Lucas as Darby Reese
Jonathan Tucker as Beau Hall
Goran Visnjic as Alek 'Al' Spera
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760.81 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 41 min
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23.976 fps
1hr 41 min
P/S 6 / 4

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by kaianmattmckay 7 / 10

A little gem

The premise seems so unlikely that it may raise a few eyebrows, so some early suspension of disbelief is called for. In particular, one has to wonder what state of mind the protagonist must be in, to make some of the decisions she does. But then, "The Deep End" is less about the premise, subsequent events, or plot devices, and more about strength, bonds and love, that are often at their loudest and most poignant when unspoken. This film's message can be found in its quiet spaces, for those who know how to listen. A strong and different type of performance from Tilda Swinton, with perfectly-pitched supporting shows from Goran Visnjic and Jonathan Tucker. Minor characters are fairly two-dimensional, and so hammy that it's verging on camp, but they only serve as vehicles to emphasize traits of the main characters or to convey a certain atmosphere, and this does not overly detract from the message, or from one's enjoyment of the film. Worth a detour.

Reviewed by Tom Murray 9 / 10

A Rare Event

The Deep End is a rare event: a touching thriller that is based more on relationships and personal growth than on plot, a film on a tight budget ($3 million) that is completely captivating, a remake of a film (The Reckless Moment (1949)) that really works. Many critics gave the film a top rating, and a few did not like it much, but most agreed that Tilda Swinton was superb. My own opinion is that everything works: the superb acting, the suspense, the finely detailed direction, the beautiful cinematography, the masterful screenplay, everything, even the melodramatic parts.

Margaret Hamilton (Tilda Swinton), is an average, ordinary-looking, middle-class housewife, whose husband is away with the military. Her family is her life. She has reason to believe that her son (Jonathan Tucker) has killed someone and she disposes of the body to protect him.

It only makes things worse by leading to blackmail. The handsome blackmailer (Goran Visnjic) gets caught up in a family emergency and becomes fascinated by and drawn into the close family setting. He is also attracted to Margaret. The film is mainly about her relationships with her son and with the blackmailer; one can connect emotionally with each of them and their own personal predicaments. The other family relationships are incidental but they do illustrate how her life is completely filled with the needs of others; there is not much time left for her needs.

The DVD allows one to watch much of the film a second time, with the two directors (Scott McGehee and David Siegel) discussing the details behind the making of each scene, often showing several radically different takes of the same scene and explaining why they chose the one that they did. It gives a deep insight into the filmmaking process.

To watch the film, I recommend that you turn off the telephone and pick a time when there will be no interruptions so that you will be free to become deeply absorbed in a very moving experience.

Reviewed by Python Hyena 9 / 10

Deep in All Ends!

The Deep End (2001): Dir: Scott McGehee, David Siegel / Cast: Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Jonathan Tucker, Josh Lucas, Peter Donat: What does a mother do when she believes that her son committed murder? Her emotions travel severe grounds. She orders Derby to stay away from her son due to reckless behaviour. Despite the warning he shows up and encourages her son Beau to venture outside. The following morning she discovers Derby's body impaled on an anchor. To protect her son she dispatches the body. A stranger appears with a tape of Beau and Derby having sex then he blackmails her for money. The following day he arrives to the sight of her trying to revive her father after a heart attack and his guilt searches for options. Scott McGehee and David Siegel do well directing with a strong performance by Tilda Swinton as a mother under heavy duress from various angles. Goran Visnjic soon works with her while attempting to ease his partner's demands. He will ultimately do right but not without sacrifice. Fine supporting work by Jonathan Tucker as Beau, involved in a bad relationship that stems into tragedy. Josh Lucas plays Derby, his older sleazy lover who attempts to make financial gain to stay away from Beau until fate hits. It is a solid well made independent film that carries some power. How far may a parent go to protect their children? Score: 9 / 10

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