Stir of Echoes
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I don't like spooky movies. I hate horror movies. So what are the last three movies I've seen? Blair Witch Project, Sixth Sense and now Stir of Echoes. Like the rest of North America, I'm apparently obsessed with life after death. It must be the approaching millenium.  OK, Stir of Echoes is like an echo of Sixth Sense.  There's a little kid (also played by an actor with three names) who sees dead people, all the time.  We see them too but no one else can. At least until the little boy's father, played by Kevin Bacon, is hypnotized by his sister-in-law and starts seeing them too. Now I start to think about Jeff Bridges in Arlington Road. Kevin starts wandering around in a daze with his mouth open too much and everyone thinks that he has gone nuts.  But this is a plot that has been done many times before. Click here to read what the plot is.  Anyway, the ghost tells Kevin all sorts of things except for one vital piece of information that would have got me out of the theatre about half an hour earlier.  Kevin Bacon is good even with his mouth open.  The little kid, played by Zachary David Cope, is good but not scarily good like Haley Joel Osment was in Sixth Sense.  Also, while Sixth Sense had a nice balance between the boy and Bruce Willis, here it is all Kevin being crazy and ghosts jumping out and scaring me.  But like I said, I don't like spooky movies...