6 SOULS (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
Mans Marlind, Bjorn Stein
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
What's it about
A forensic psychiatrist is called upon to examine a man with multiple personalities, and she begins to suspect there is a supernatural origin to his affliction.
Is it good movie?
A brief prologue shows us that forensic psychiatrist Cara Harding (Julianne Moore) does not believe Multiple Personality Disorder is a real affliction, as she refuses to lend credence to such claims from a man seeking clemency from his execution scheduled for that very night. So of course the next day Harding's perpetually self-amused psychiatrist father calls her in to consult on a patient of his claiming, guess what? MPD.
I think Moore gets nothing but better with age, but when Jonathan Rhys Meyers enters as David/Adam/Wes (DAW, for short), then we have a movie. He plays all these very different characters very well, doing great accents, and going from vulnerable to confident to downright creepy as easily as shifting gears in your car. Most of the fun of the film is Harding slowly becoming convinced that DAW's malady is actually supernatural in origin, so I'll avoid any spoilers and just say that watching Moore, Meyers, and later Frances Conroy, is pretty much a treat in itself
The real crux of the film, though, is the issue of faith, and unfortunately is the most mishandled theme in the script. Harding's husband was murdered three years previous, on Christmas Eve, and that has sent ripples of doubt through her religious family. That struggle with faith figures prominently, but in such a roundabout way that once it becomes essential towards the climax, it feels overwrought, like watching a LEFT BEHIND movie. The big reveal about DAW is also a bit murky, and the final gotcha moment in the film is pretty trite. Kinda like they knew they'd botched something along the way, and wanted to push some buttons on the audience.
I actually had a chance to speak with co-directors Marlind and Stein a few years ago when they were in Vancouver shooting UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING. That has nothing to do with this review. I just wanted to say it.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen, 2.35:1, 1080p.
Audio: 5.1 Surround, with optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles.
I was interested to see this film, having been a fan of Marlind and Stein's STORM, and having been on their UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING set. As in both those films they prove to be adept at getting good performances from actors and creating great visuals. Unfortunately, what could have been a neat little horror film gets saddled with a religious "message," and ends up becoming something of a hot mess towards the end. See it for the always pleasing Julianne Moore and Frances Conroy, and the absolutely wonderful work by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but be prepared for confusion and an ultimate let down at the end.