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Gothika
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Oct 4, 2004 By: Indiana Sev
Gothika order
Director:
Mathieu Kassovitz

Actors:
Halle Berry
Penelope Cruz
Robert Downey Jr.

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A criminal psychologist (Berry) finds herself behind the bars of the same penitentiary in which she works after a rainy night encounter that shes blocked out of her memory. She now stands accused of murder as everyone ignores her whenever she speaks of her wild tales of ghosts and possession and all that jazz. For the record, I think shes crazy too, but only for signing on to this crud.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Id like to commend the filmmakers of GOTHIKA for not only making a movie that is obscenely dull, but also managing to make it so amazingly bad as well. Im of the belief that it takes a special kind of talent to combine both those elements so exquisitely on film and still succeed to get the product distributed widely, all over the planet. This dud moves at a snails pace and not only does it not pull you into the supposed mystery elements of the story, but it masterfully lulls you into a deep slumber with its drab settings and uninspired dialogue as well. The director throws blood, gore, tons of camera trickery and style into the mix, but its all just filler in the end when you realize that the pay-off is as silly and see-through as a Robert Downey Jr. courtroom apology. (Reviewer Note: I was trying my damnedest to get a Downey Jr. junkie joke in my review, so now that its out of the way...I can continue)

As always, it was a pleasure seeing the versatile and talented Downey Jr. on film, but even he couldnt bring much of a spark to this self-aware wannabe thriller-of-the-day. Penelope Cruzs accent does an okay job as well, but it becomes way too clear, way too early that the trio of Cruz/Berry/Downey Jr. were just cashing a paycheck when filming this stinker. Their artistic integrity is still safe and sound somewhere in the US of A, far away from the city of Montreal, where they all got together to make GOTHIKA. I try not to narrow my reviews down to one word, but I will make an exception for this one time: boring.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary by Mathieu Kassovitz and Matthew Libatique: The director of photography Matthew Libatique joins director Kassovitz on this audio journey through the film. Im listening to this now and it seems they were dead set on making a scary film. That puts a smile to my face, I confess. If there's one thing this movie is not, is scary, or suspenseful or, etc. Still, as far as audio commentaries go, these guys do a fantastic job at discussing and capturing their experience on the making of GOTHIKA. A few dead moments and lulls aside, they pull off a pretty interesting commentary track.

Limp Bizkit Music Video "Behind Blue Eyes" and the film's Theatrical Trailer .
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Not a rental or a purchase. Ive often shared the fact that I sometimes enjoy cheesy thrillers and bad action films as guilty pleasures, because as dumb and convoluted as those films may be at times, they are, at least, never as mind-numbingly flat and boring as GOTHIKA turned out to be.
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