When psychiatrist Nathan Conrad discovers that his daughter has been kidnapped, the only way he can get her back is to pry critical information from the mind of a seriously disturbed teenager with a secret stuck deep in a blocked memory. The Conrads are the prototypical happy family: Nathan, a successful doctor (Michael Douglas); his loving wife, Aggie (Famke Janssen), who is bedridden with a broken leg suffered in a skiing accident; and eight-year-old Jessie (Skye McCole Bartusiak), an extremely intelligent and well-loved young girl. But late one night Jessie is abducted and used as collateral for a dangerous group of men who will stop at nothing to recover a stolen ten-million-dollar jewel.
The film is Hollywood from its everyman in a conflict who is to turn superman. Too bad Douglas isn’t either of those characters. The villains are pretty straight forward and not very exciting. You can hate them, but do you really care? The ending has been mapped out and it happens exactly like you know it will. There are no twists, just Douglas playing superman. And then the detective getting thrown in for posterity and another angle goes no where.
There is nothing but a few deleted scenes. And if they couldn’t make it to an average film then why would you care to watch them here? The making of the film is about as lame as it gets. Douglas tells us why Don’t Say A Word is such a great film is laughable.
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