Stir of Echoes

Dir: David Koepp
Star: Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe, Zachary David Cope, Illeana Douglas

Who needs six degrees of separation from Bacon, when he possesses a Trash City T-shirt? Obviously, this film thus comes highly recommended... Well, actually, it starts off looking sprightly enough with Bacon experiencing disturbing visions after getting hypnotised, and he's definitely capable of winning your sympathy. But the edgy content of the opening half-hour evaporates in favour of a more prosaic style as he turns detective -- the film-makers don't seem to realise the "ghostly murder victim seeking justice" has been done before, and needs something to pep it up. All we get is a psychic child who must have failed the Sixth Sense audition, and so, interest gently declines, albeit with the occasional frisson to remind you of what might have been. I confess to actually dozing off for a minute or two during the climax, which probably tells you all you need to know.


Not shaken, and hardly stirred
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