|WAIT UNTIL DARK (1998)|
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
|"Damn it, you act as if you're in kindergarten! This is the big bad world, full of mean people, where nasty things happen!"|
|Time: 107 mins.|
Rating: Not Rated
Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
SYNOPSIS: A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.
BOTTOM LINE: I have to admit the only reason I saw this film, despite good reviews, is Audrey Hepburn. She's one of my all-time favorite actresses and I thought it would be interesting to see her in a more normal role, playing an average woman. Though she does a marvelous job, she never seems to quite fit into the scenario. Her acting style just a touch too flamboyant and classy for the material. However, despite that, she still mesmerizes. She plays Suzy, a blind woman who becomes unwittingly embroiled in a heroin deal gone astray. It seems that her husband did a favor for the wrong person. The woman's compadres are now looking desperately for the package, a doll, and will stop at nothing to get it. Almost the entire film takes place in Suzy's basement apartment with the killers posing as various friends and enemies, trying to get Suzy to turn over the doll. You initially feel extremely terrified for Suzy, but it becomes clear that she's smarter than she appears and soon has the killers on the defensive. This is a taut, intelligent, creepy thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat with it's visual style and well-written plot. You've never seen Alan Arkin like this. He's pure evil. Crenna also puts in a memorable turn. This may be an unusual genre for Audrey, but she holds her own, giving this little flick more class than it deserves.