Back in 1996, when Wahlberg’s musical profession as rapper Marky Mark was nonetheless comparatively recent, he obtained his breakout position within the thriller “Fear.” Rather than taking part in a clean-cut All-American teen, Wahlberg as a substitute went full tilt villain as the final word dangerous boyfriend, the menacing David McCall, who targets Seattle excessive schooler Nicole Walker (Reese Witherspoon). As David turns into extra controlling and jealous, his conduct shortly grows murderous, with Nicole’s father, Steve (William Petersen), struggling to maintain his daughter protected from the boyfriend from hell.
Wahlberg brings the identical degree of depth and single-minded obsession that any variety of slasher film villains would, embracing the probabilities of a nasty boy picture to the fullest. David’s penchant for sadism makes “Fear” laborious to look at for stretches at a time, extra disagreeable than comparable thrillers like “Fatal Attraction” or “Basic Instinct,” however Wahlberg is undeniably magnetic. “Fear” falls aside a bit throughout its climax, however Wahlberg’s charisma and unrelenting vitality provide a transparent take a look at the actor he would change into and one of many uncommon possibilities to see him play an out-and-out villain.