Fear only felt by those with good taste

by Anoukin Mooshabad

Contributing Writer

You know what they say -- don't believe everything you hear or see. With all the hype going on about the movie Fear, starring former rap boy and underwear model Marky Mark, people should definitely not believe anything they hear.

I am not a big fan of Mark Wahlberg (said rapper's real name), but when I saw the ads, I thought, "maybe he can do more than take off his clothes." I'm not surprised to say I was dead wrong.

The plot of this movie is serviceable, detailing an innocent romance between Nicole (Reese Witherspoon) and David (Wahlberg), a strange, but sweet boy. Things go down the drain, though, when Nicole calls it quits. Not surprisingly, David refuses to take no for an answer and proceeds to destroy Nicole and her family.

The casting directors did a good job -- low-name actors, high-quality acting. Even Wahlberg gives a decent performance.

There are many good screenwriters out there with promising blockbuster hits who get turned down every day by movie companies like this one who seemingly fell for the "looks good on paper" ploy.

After the first 15 minutes, I had a hard time figuring out if this movie was supposed to be a serious thriller or a twisted comedy. During the entire film, no one could keep a straight face.

Many times, the language or phrases used were made funnier because they seemed to make fun of Wahlberg's Bostonian accent. (Instead of "Nicole forever," he writes, "Nicole for eva.")

The only person who kept this movie afloat was William Petersen, who played Steve Walker, Nicole's father. He played the role with excitement and frustration.

Alyssa Milano plays a grade-A slut in this movie. Practically every other scene showed Milano having sex with someone new.

Another shocker was the showing of dogs with their heads chopped off. And when Wahlberg broke someone's neck, the scene was played for gross-out value. The whole movie is graphic, thanks in large part to screenwriter Christopher Crowe.

This movie is not worth seeing, due in part to an overall amateurish level of directing and portrayal on the big screen. I guess if you are completely bored ... nah, skip it anyway.

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