Stir of Echoes ★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Subgenre: Supernatural – Ghost Story
Summary: A drunken party challenge to a New Age sister-in-law, leads to Tom being hypnotized. As a residual effect, his mind is now more open to things going on around him. He starts hallucinating and knowing impossible things. Even though his six-year-old son Jake (who is a better receiver than his dad) tells him not to be afraid, Tom becomes obsessed with his new transient powers, ignoring his blue collar job and terrifying his wife Maggie. But he must figure out what happened in his quiet Chicago neighborhood to a missing girl named Samantha before her spirit hurts his family. Director – David Koepp.
Review: Finally a ghost story that isn’t obsessed with the jump scare. While only sporadically gripping it is a general proficient production. The acting is okay and the hypnosis visuals are well-done. The characters are grounded in a degree of realism that is admirable. The sub plots don’t all get resolved, but the pacing seems adequate to keep the plot striding forward.