When 16-year-old Sam and her mother Hannah are in a car accident, Hannah dies but her spirit lives on in Sam’s body. As Hannah tries to cope with her new body, she and her husband struggle to deal with the changes it brings to their relationship and their lives.
David Duchovny (Ben), Lili Taylor (Hannah), Olivia Thirlby (Sam), Brendan Sexton III (Ethan), Jane Wheeler (Maggie), Millie Tresierra (Lindsay), Trishia LaFache (Taylor), Ashley Springer (Ian), Laurence Leboeuf (Amelia).
The Secret starts off looking like a mild drama with some character and background development. Once Sam and Hannah are in their accident the film takes a decidedly dark and interesting turn. The concept of Hannah’s spirit in Sam’s body is interesting enough, but with the film looking at the problem from the perspective of Sam’s father Ben as well as from Sam’s perspective the story becomes even more interesting. As the story develops the drama increases as does audience interest. Although the ending is a bit campy and Happily Ever After in flavor it is still a nice finish.
Acting was pretty good though Duchovny felt a bit dry at times. Taylor was an interesting choice and did okay. Thirlby was very good and brought nice energy and emotion to what would have otherwise been a somewhat dull film. The remainder of the cast was decent enough.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were fairly common but fit the film well. Effects were minimal but nicely done. Dialogue was good and flowed quite naturally. Sound and soundtrack were both good.
Overall The Secret is a nicely done drama that does a good job of sneaking up on your emotions and generating audience interest. Those who enjoy some thrill to their drama will enjoy this the most.
With some mild sexuality, teen drug and alcohol use, and foul language save this for older teens and above.
The Secret is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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