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The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (DVD)
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The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (DVD)
Date: 29/06/09, updated on 29/06/09 (22 review reads)
Advantages: Keeps you interested.
Disadvantages: Majorly unreliastic
This film is about the Bartel family, Claire Bartel (Annabella Sciorra), her husband Michael (Matt McCoy), and their 6-year-old daughter Emma (Madeline Zima).
Claire is pregnant and whilst in the care of her new Dr, Dr Mott, she is sexually assulted. Michael encourages Claire to report it and soon other women start to come forward saying the same.
Dr Mott then shoots himself, leaving his heavily pregnant wife to have a miscarriage with the stress of it all. She has to undergo an emergency hysterectomy and blames the Claire Bartel for all of it as she is the woman who made the complaint about her husband in the first place.
Meanwhile life is still going smoothly for the Bartels, Baby Joey has just been born and Soloman, played by Ernie Hudson, (who is mentally handcapped) has been helping them make some home improvements and generally taken under the familys wing.
Wanting to have some more time to pursue her hobby Claire begins looking for a Nanny.
Enter Payton Flanders (Hmmm we have seen her somewhere in this movie before!) who just seems to good to be true and the Bartels hire her immediately.
The thing about people that seem to good to be true is that they usually are....
I am not one for spoiling plots so will leave it there... if you are wanting a spoiler there are plenty of websites/reviews that will give you it :)
I am on the fence when it comes to this film, I can sit there and enjoy it but still pick fault the whole way through.
Firstly the acting by Annabella Sciorra was in my opinion pathetic, she has the worst 'asthma' I have ever seen and I just remember thinking "well love if THATS how you take your inhaler no wonder you are always wheezing".
Also I must say I disliked the character of Claire Bartel, considering she is supposed to be the eventual hero of the film she is a very weak, whiny, over emotional little thing and also not very bright. At all.
There is not a lot that can be said for the character and acting of Micheal Bartel as there was little evidence.
Their 6 year old daughter Emma seemed to have more balls than both of them and a higher IQ. Madeline Zima was brilliant and gave a good firm tug on the heartstrings.
Rebecca de Mornay's acting I found more pleasing. I loved the fact that she could switch from good to bad in a split second and had two different voices, the voice of Payton and the voice of Mrs Mott.
I actually felt a little sorry for Mrs Mott, although she seemed a hard faced old bat it must be a real kick in the teeth to find out your husband is accused of sexual assult (which lets face it, she doesn't know if it is true or not), then kills himself, then you lose a baby you were desperate for, then you can't ever have any kids. I think I would be fairly miffed in those circumstances... I think some of the ideas she came up with to tear the family apart were classic!
However, I think in this film the award has to go to Ernie Hudson for his role as Soloman. The acting was outstanding and to see him being bullied by Peyton/Mott was really quite heartwrenching for me.
I do like the character of Soloman as well, I think it is great that not one person of normal intelligence doubts Peyton for a second but the very moment he (the 'retard') first meets her, he knows this woman is not right. I love the way he kind of stalks the family to ensure they are safe and its lovely at the end when he becomes the hero.
There are some scenes in this movie that the director or producer or writers should have picked up on and improved.
Firstly, the scene where Claire goes into respiritory arrest. My other half is a nurse and during this scene was shouting and cursing at the screen about how unreliastic it was and how a respiritory arrest looks NOTHING like that. Needed to have been more thoroughly researched.
2. When the credits were rolling up at the end I was in fits of laughter to see that they actually employed "asthma consultants". Well... I'm sorry, they should have been sacked! What a total mockery of asthma!!! The actress should have known how to take an asthma pump and how to wheeze like an asthmatic. This is the job of the asthma consultants one would assume? Well... they were skivving.
3. Someone hits you in the back with a spade and you pass out... highly unlikely. Yeah you would possibly fall over and be a little dazed but doubt you would pass out.
4. Why, oh why would you hire someone to come into your home after meeting them for 4 hours and not checking the reference provided?!
5. The fact that both Claire and Micheal have no depth or initiative! None.
6. If you thought your child had been abused would you really have just sacked the person and then carried on like normal? NO, after you had informed the police, you would surely try and get some counselling for the child!?
7. And in my opinion this is the more important.... would you, ever let a woman who is far more attractive than you move into your house, sorry no. Every female I know would pick the ugliest Nanny they could find... just to be on the safe side lol.
Basically this is an okay film to watch if you are bored and at a loss but expect to question the intelligence of some of the characters.
You can pick it up in Tesco these days for about £3
Summary: If my family were that thick... I'd disown them