Bacon plays a blue-collar guy who laments his ordinary life, only to learn, when his sister-in-law (Ileanna Douglas) hypnotizes him, that he is a “receiver” capable of seeing spirits and split-second glimpses of past and future events. It’s a torturous gift to have–especially since his friendly Chicago neighbourhood possesses a dark secret–and Bacon plays the role with an appropriate mixture of obsession and internalised torment. Similarity to The Sixth Sense applies only to the basic premise and the character of Bacon’s young son. Otherwise, this is more of a hard-edged journey of self-discovery, marital crisis, and recovery, with Bacon’s wife (played by the highly underrated Kathryn Erbe) involved in an underdeveloped sub-plot about a group of people who share Bacon’s gift as paranormal “receivers”. Furthering his career as a writer-director of intelligent thrillers, David Koepp makes a few mis-steps in pacing and thematic overkill, but overall Stir of Echoes is a sharp, sensitive thriller that unfolds to reveal a dramatically satisfying solution to its mystery.