Fear is a sort-of Fatal Attraction type thriller, though is not the classic that Fatal Attraction has become. Fear, however, is quite effective for what it is and though nothing about it is top-rate as far as a great Thriller goes, the combined package of what Fear offers still grabs hold of you and pulls you in for the ride.
David McCall (Mark Wahlberg) catches the eye of Nicole Walker (Reese Witherspoon) and the pair hook up for an evening together after leaving a dance club. Nicole is practically shocked when the man she gets to know is much more than meets the eye, and her dreams seem to be coming true when she thinks she has found the perfect guy. The first half of Fear sets up a love story that is actually enjoyable to watch, as both David and Nicole fall for each other. I never felt the love story was ever very cheesy, especially when the "roller coaster experience" is quite original. David finally meets Nicole's family, and everyone is amazed at this perfect, handsome gentlemen. Everyone except Nicole's father, Steve (William Peterson) who just doesn't buy into it.
All good things must come to an end....if it's too good to be true....etc etc...and here we go...David comes by Nicole's school on a typical afternoon to pick her up and witnesses her friend Gary hugging her. The kind and gentle David we thought we knew is suddenly transformed into a raging beast, knocking Gary to the ground and kicking the crap out of him. Smart Nicole thankfully doesn't want anything to do with David again. Regretting his mistake, David apologizes til it wears down Nicole. She gives David another chance, meanwhile outraging Steve. Thus begins the war between Steve and David, and eventually brining the enitre family into the mix.
The last half of Fear is, well, Fear. The thrills and suspense begin. The final setting of the film is at the Walker residence, where David and his buddies won't rest until they bust inside and do the damage. Overall, it's a predictable finale, but the bits and pieces getting there are always fun and contain some surprise thrills.
You might feel silly when you step out of the spotlight about Fear, cause its certainly not a masterpiece but its a fun ride nevertheless that effectively entertains. If you're looking for a good teenager love story that isn't cheesy follwed by a sudden turn for the worst in terms of thrills, Fear is worth checking out.
Acting - 3.5
Characters - 3.5
Story - 3.5
Suspense - 4
Overall - 4