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FeardotCom (2002)

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3.2
 / 10
22 votes
Genres:
Horror, Police Detective Film, Tech Noir
Director:
William Malone William Malone
Starring:
Stephen Dorff Stephen Dorff
Natascha McElhone Natascha McElhone
Stephen Rea Stephen Rea
Udo Kier Udo Kier
Amelia Curtis Amelia Curtis
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Review by Chad
Added: May 11, 2004
There's this website out there... www.feardotcom.com... where, upon viewing the site, you have exactly forty-eight hours until you're killed by whatever your worst fear is. Two crazy kids go to this site and learn all the secrets of what's going on... basically, this woman was killed by a guy who kills young ladies and shows it on the internet, and she wants revenge.

Plot sound familiar, sort of like another major movie that came out around the same time as this one? It did to me, as well. In fact, almost every idea presented in this movie is very blatantly ripped off from The Ring; the plot, the ending, the X days to live after doing whatever. With that said though, you'd think they'd at least change some things up so as not to be a total clone... but if you thought that, you'd be thinking wrong. If you've seen The Ring, there's nothing worth watching here... it's the exact same storyline, and even the same (basically) ending.

Now, with that said, I did enjoy The Ring, so even with the lack of originality here, I should have enjoyed this one as well... but again, wrong. Although the storyline is the same, it just doesn't compare to The Ring, due to quite a few factors; the main one being the ultra-slow pacing of most of the movie. The whole plot is very easy to understand, but the level of explaining they did made it seem as though they were trying to explain some ancient language or something; many times throughout, I was thinking "I get it already, so let's speed things up...... no, don't explain it again, I get the fucking point already."

Then, there's the internet, as it's presented in this movie. I reckon my ISP must have really ripped me off and slacked on the features, because I had no idea that there was such a thing as a "Hot Box", where you can type in questions / comments / URLs / commands / whatever, and have a live person answer / do these for you. I'd take this feature, even if it didn't come with the voice command recognition software that was the norm here. Hell, I'd even settle for just getting the DVD quality video that loads instantly upon viewing a site. The point of all this being, I would think that most people either own, or have used, a computer by now... so why try to make them look totally different than what they really are?

And finally, we have the lovely cast that tells this god-awful story to us. Stephen Dorff plays Mike Reilly with the enthusiasm of a Buddhist monk; and in case you didn't know, monks aren't known for their enthusiasm or entertainment. Natascha McElhone plays Terry Houston, in what I would place in my personal top five over-acting list. Amazingly, she was given the lead role, while Amelia Curtis (Denise), a decent (although run-of-the-mill) actress was relegated to a small bit-part. Insanity.

Overall, absolutely nothing to see here. Atrocious. 1/10, and only for a small handful of nice visuals.
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StandinOnAnOverpass #1: StandinOnAnOverpass - added 08/15/2004, 07:35 PM
Yeah, I gave this movie a try. Sat down and watched it... and found it to be lame. There were a few amusing scenes, but they are not worth renting or buying this film.
quitter #2: quitter - added 07/24/2005, 09:21 PM
Wasn't so bad. It had it's moments, I think. I found a lot of scenes to be rather cliche, though.
ScarsRstarS #3: ScarsRstarS - added 01/10/2006, 08:47 AM
I love this movie. Saw it in the rental shop, never heard of it, rented it, watched it and fell in love with it.
Tristan #4: Tristan - added 05/18/2008, 03:51 AM
Well then you sir, are a fool. 0/10
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