Don't Say a Word

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"...I'll never tell."
  • R
  • 2001
  • 1 hr 53 min
  • 6.3  (56,752)
  • 38

Don't Say a Word is a psychological thriller film released in 2001, directed by Gary Fleder and starring Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, and the late Brittany Murphy. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Andrew Klavan. The story begins with New York City psychologist Dr. Nathan Conrad (Michael Douglas), who is tasked with helping a traumatized young girl named Jessie Conrad (Brittany Murphy). Jessie had been recently abducted, and her kidnappers are demanding a specific number from Nathan's patient, a catatonic girl named Elisabeth Burrows (Famke Janssen), in exchange for Jessie's safe return.

Nathan tries to convince Elisabeth to tell him the meaning behind the number, but she remains unresponsive. Meanwhile, the kidnappers, led by Patrick Koster (Sean Bean), keep Jessie in a dark room and threaten to harm her if Nathan fails to retrieve the information from Elisabeth.

As Nathan delves deeper into Elisabeth's history, he discovers a connection to his own past and an old patient named Dr. Louis Sachs (Oliver Platt). Sachs had committed Nathan's daughter to a psychiatric facility, and Nathan becomes desperate to uncover the truth about Elisabeth's past and the significance of the number before the kidnappers harm Jessie.

The film takes various twists and turns, and the audience is left with a sense of unease as they try to piece together the motives of both Nathan's former patient and the kidnappers. The psychological aspect of the film is highlighted through the use of flashbacks and the emotions of the characters, especially Nathan, who must confront his own demons while trying to save Jessie.

The performance of the cast is top-notch, with Michael Douglas delivering a convincingly distraught and determined portrayal of Nathan. Brittany Murphy shines in her role as Jessie, portraying a vulnerable yet resilient character who refuses to give up hope. Oliver Platt is excellent in his few scenes, and Sean Bean portrays the role of the cold and calculating villain with ease.

The film also highlights the dark side of human nature, including greed and desperation, and how people can be pushed to their limits in extreme situations. Additionally, the cinematography and music are equally impressive, with the cityscape of New York City adding a sense of urgency and desperation to the plot.

All in all, Don't Say a Word is a well-executed psychological thriller that keeps the audience guessing until the very end. It combines a strong plot with well-crafted characters and performances, creating a tense and engaging experience that fans of the genre will surely enjoy.

Don't Say a Word is a 2001 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 53 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3 and a MetaScore of 38.

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    6.3  (56,752)
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