If you're going to bury the truth, make sure it stays buried
Emily Todd | USA | 05/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" does seem like some corny teenybopper popcorn flick; but it's not. Believe me, I went into this film with pretty low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised with the level of terror provided! And it's not cheap terror, it's genuine because of the suspense director Jim Gillespie consistently builds.It's the fourth of July and four friends Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt), Ray Bronson (Freddie Prinze Junior), Helen Shivers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), and Barry William Cox (Ryan Phillippe) are celebrating their high school graduation and Helen's beauty pageant win. On their way home they hit a man walking down a curved corner in the road. They panic when they learn he's dead and in hopes of saving their futures, decide to dump the body into the ocean. The four friends make a pact to keep it a secret. It was an accident, but it was one they cannot forget.Their friendships are ruined and they all leave for college and don't talk to each other; they are all depressed and upset. When Julie returns home for summer vacation there is a letter waiting for her. It reads, "I Know What You Did Last Summer". Frightend, Julie goes to find her old friends for help. Was someone else there that night? They think it's only a prank until a man in a slicker with a hook begins to stalk the four friends and torment them in the most vile and disgusting ways imaginable (dead bodies in their trunks, cutting off their hair in sleep, trying to run them over, etc. Realizing that if they don't find out who's doing this and get rid of him fast, they'll be dead, they search for answers, all the while receiving even more terrifying threats. It sure is a thrilling ride and there are a remarkable number of points in this movie when you jump in fright and scream! One reason this movie is terrifying is because the situation the characters are in could happen to anybody. Hitting someone with a car could happen to anybody, and what happens after the crash is also believable. The acting by Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ryan Phillippe are phenomenal coming from such young actors. These two are now big stars, but they weren't when they did "I Know What You Did Last Summer" so it's interesting to see how they were before they were famous. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Junior aren't quite as convincing as Hewitt and Phillippe, but they are still enjoyable.The script for "I Know What You Did Last Summer" was adapted from Lois Duncan's best-selling novel by Kevin Williamson, the writer of "Scream". Yes, the script is in good hands! Williamson's script is a very visual one filled with twists, witty dialogue, and plenty of scares.The DVD for "I Know What You Did" last summer values quality over quantity and provides only a theatrical trailer and commentary. The trailer is terrifying, very enticing and fun to watch. The commentary by director Jim Gillespie is very informative and insightful for fans of the film. It focuses mainly of production design, but has some interesting blurbs about music, casting, and script changes. Gillespie has a wonderful Scottish accent, which makes the commentary even more delightful to listen to."
One of my favorites
Lauren Nicole | NYC | 01/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I Know What You Did Last Summer is a (loose) adaptation of the childrens book, by Lois Duncan. It focuses primarily on the four main characters... intelligent, level headed, heroin Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt), her well intentioned, typical nice guy boyfriend Ray Bronson (Freddie Prinze Jr), her best friend the rich and popular beauty queen Helen Shivers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), and Helens rich, macho, handsome football star boyfriend Barry Cox (Ryan Phillippe) The four teens have just graduated high school and are prepared to spend a summer of "immature adolescent decadance" as said by Barry. Things didnt go as planned
On July 4th Helen appeats in the Miss Croaker beauty contest and is crowned queen, much to the excitement of her friends and especially Barry. The four kids decide to celebrate by heading down to a secluded beach for a night of scary stories, drinking and sex, your typical teenage summer night. In what is to be their last decent decision of the movie, they agree Ray is to drive drunken Barrys BMW home that night. Barry stands up through the sunroof, spills alcohol and distracts Ray long enough to hit a crossing man head on. At first they disagree on what to do, call the police, or dump the body. Barry argues that if they come clean theyre dreams will be ruined. His as a football star, Helens as a famous actress, Rays as a writer, and Julie's as a lawyer. Much to Julie's dismay, they agree to dispose of the body in the ocean. They vow never to speak of the incident again.
One year later everythings changed. Julie comes home for the summer (after practically failing out of college in Boston) and recieves an anonymous note from someone claiming they know what happened the previous summer. Panicked, Julie turns to her former best friend Helen for help. Helen immediately wonders how now ex boyfriend Barry will react. Barry is skeptical, sure its someone messing around. After hes nearly run down with his own car by a man in an impossibly creepy fishing slicker, his attitude changes. The estranged foursome is forced to come back together to fight for their lives. From then on, the movie is a series of scares and edge of your seat suspense. Especially the famous Helen chase.
All and all great movie with respectable acting. Jennifer Love Hewitt was actually tolerarble in a sense other than being easy on the eyes. Freddie Prinze was sincere and adorable. However the always beautiful Sarah and the absolutely hunky Ryan stole the show. Both were believable and managed to make their stereotypicaLly vapid characters dimmensional. It hit me how well the acting was done when Helen watched Barry get hooked and I actually cared, felt bad for them. Rent this one for fun, but not in search of meaningful messages. Dont watch it alone ;)"
Best acting duo since lemmon and mathau
timmy | Indiana | 08/25/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"There is actually a very entertaining performance given by Jennifer Love Hewitt's cleavage in this film, which steals the show totally away from Sarah Michelle Gellar's thighs, Ryan Phillippe's sensitivity, and Freddie Prinze Jr.'s hunkiness. The at times comically over-the-top pair of actors do a massive work-out throughout the film, being that they have to keep the audience from ever realizing how dull and unoriginal the movie is. The cleavage twosome do their job very well at times, although I think they've done better in lighter films like Heartbreakers. Still, their performance is proof that if you can distract the audience, they will walk away believing they actually saw a great movie."
Hey, Helen. You scared to go outside? You should be, my dear
Alex K | 11/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yup, I like this movie a lot. The acting is well organized, and the plot is terrific. It goes something like this: Four teenagers are out partying for their very last summer in highschool. They have fun, and then go driving on a curved road. Not looking ahead, they hit something with their car. A deer? A cat? A dog? No, none of these things. They hit a MAN(Oh my God! AHHHHH!)They panic, and in the end decide to dump the seemingly dead man into the ocean, so their future college life will be safe without jail time. They keep it a secret, but exactly one year later, they get letters saying "I Know What You Did Last Summer" They all freak out(DUH!)and join to find out who is stalking them. They visit people who might know, and they study everything they can. Eventually, they find out that the one stalking them is a killer called the Fisherman. He kills people with a big hand held hook and wears a black slicker. The kids try to find out who this guy is and why he wants them dead. Barry, one of two boys, and a very agressive & pompous teenager, is the first to lose his life to the Fisherman's evil hook. Very soon, his gorgeous girlfriend, Helen, who is cocky and snooty on the outside but still is kind and caring on the inside, is chased by the killer. She manages to avoid him and his hook for a while, but I think you know what happens to her in the end(see my title, poooooooor Helen! She was my favorite of the kids. Oh well, life is life)Soon, Julie thinks that her boyfriend Ray(they're the only two kids left)is the killer Fisherman, and tries to get away on a boat. When she's on that boat, who should show up but the real Fisherman. His name is Ben Willis, and he is the very man who Julie and her friends ran over that year ago. He's looking for revenge, and he has already acheived half of his goal. He intends to kill Julie, and then track down Ray and do the same to him. Ray has other plans though. He gets in a motor boat, jumps on the Fisherman's vessel, and, you guessed it, Ben and Ray get into a vicious, hate filled fight! For a moment Ben appears to have won, and is ready to butcher Julie like he did Helen and Barry. Ray, however, makes a comeback, and after cutting his hand off, dumps Ben into the water. He rescues Julie, and they live happily ever after as boyfriend & girlfriend. That is, until Julie recieves a message saying: "I STILL KNOW" You want to find out what happens to Julie and Ray? See the sequel, "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" like I plan to. But first see this, it is a wonderful movie, there are lots of cool quotes, and the only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because, in my opinion, it could have been more gruesome and scary. Other than that, this film is a piece of art and I recommend it to all who like horror."