Tilda Swinton dominates proceedings as the increasingly desperate Margaret, although her relationship with Visnijc stretches the boundaries of credibility just a little too far. The direction is self-consciously showy, jumping at every opportunity for a clever shot. Although it isn't half the film that it thinks it is, The Deep End is still capable of holding the viewer's interest for its modest duration.
On the DVD: The Deep End disc, in an annoying throwback to the days of video, opens straight into a series of trailers for forthcoming attractions. Once the menu itself appears there is a distinct lack of inventiveness and thought. The interactive features offer a choice of subtitles and scene selection. Picture and soundwise, the lush, deep shots of the lakeside location work well in the digital format and the subtle, suspense-building score is clear and crisp. --Phil Udell
Swinton plays Margaret Hall a lonely wife living on the pretty shores of Lake Tahoe. Her husband is in the Navy and away at sea for much of the time leaving her to look after her three children and care for her ailing father-in-law.
Beau is the eldest teen-age son, and believes that his homosexual relationship with sleazy villain Darby Reece is a well-kept secret. Wrong! Unbeknown to Beau his mother has suspected his affair for some time, even confronting Reece at his club, to tell him to stay away. One evening Beau steals out of the house to meet Reece in the family boathouse. After an argument between the pair Reece is accidentally killed, and his body is discovered the following morning by Margaret who quickly realises that her son could be implicated. She decides to hide the bod, but it is not long before the police discover the corpse, and the story appears in the local press.
Enter hunk Goran Visnjic (star of TV show ER), a villain with a heart who initially tries to blackmail Margaret, before he is shown to relent. He was after sleaze ball Reece for money owed to him and his business partner, and has a video tape that shows Beau in an compromising position with Reece.
Visnjic slowly realises that despite the pressure put on him by his partner; his demands are not going to be met by Margaret.
Plot holes are large and rather obvious: most tellingly, why don't the police pick up on the connection between Reece and Beau, especially when Margaret had been seen at the club, where Reece worked.
However the on screen relationship between Swinton and Visnjic sizzles and the thriller is a combination of suspense and gentle love story, which works rather well.
I was pleasantly surprised. His character has somewhat of a farfetched role- turning from bad guy to good guy in 3 days...but he did a good job.
Tilda is an amazing actress too and I thought the two of them worked well together.
The film does not have you sat on the edge of your seat but it keeps your interest and is an enjoyable film to watch, definitely worth buying.
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