Not yet Academy Award winner Gwenyth Paltrow is Helen in Hush, a movie that takes the stereotype mother-in-law to the extreme. After marrying, Helen and her husband Jackson (Johnathon Schaech) move down south to repair his mother's house. His mother (Jessica Lange) appears nice enough, but that's only a false cover. As time progressing, Helen draws herself in to a mystery and ends up learning the truth, but it may be too late.
Hush is a run-of-the-mill thriller, but it still thrills to an extent. Aided by Lange and Paltrow, and a good performance by Schaech, Hush manages to get its point across. Lange does a good job of bringing across an artificially nice character while also hinting her more psychotic tendencies. If done right, this could have been a version of Psycho, where the mother turns out to be the crazy one all along, not Norman Bates. But to compare Hush to Psycho is rather extreme.
Hush entertains, but the ending sucks. See it for yourself, but it is inconclusive and rather unrealistic.
Though a thriller that has been done before, Hush manages to entertain, mainly with the help of Paltrow and Lange.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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