6 Souls (2010) **
D: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
C: Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Conroy, Nathan Corddry, Brooklynn Proulx
Plot Synopsis: A psychiatrist tries to cure a mental patient suffering from multiple personality disorder, but discovers that his multiple personalities are those of former murder victims.
REVIEW: After watching 6 Souls, I did a quick Google search. I was surprised when I saw that on Rotten Tomatoes, the film had scored a favorable rating with only 4% of the nation's critics. Now, I am going to say this right off the bat, 6 Souls is nowhere near as bad as it has been made out to be. I think films that have been long delayed and then dumped onto the market without much of a marketing campaign, are easy targets, such is the case with 6 Souls.
Now, I am not saying that 6 Souls is some lost masterpiece waiting to be rediscovered. In all actuality, the film is disappointing, but it's not bad. It's just a very average film. Moore stars as a psychiatrist who thinks she knows it all. Her dad introduces her to one of his patients who suffers from multiple personality disorder. The first hour starts out rather intriguingly as Moore investigates the patient's background and tries to find a cure for his disorder. As the mystery deepens, the tension mounts.
It's in the last 45 or so minutes that the film falls apart. The film provides witches and backwoods thriller elements as a key elements to the mystery that the film is spinning. The answers that the film provides to its central mystery are unsatisfactory and feel like they belong in an entirely different film.
In the last act, the film's central mystery has been resolved and that's when the film dissolves into a standard chase thriller in which people run about, screaming or crying incoherently. It's like the film ran out of ideas after the first hour. So in an effort to deliver a finished product, the writer threw in every horror film cliche possible to complete the script.
The final moments are eerie and reminded me of the film I was initially watching. After finishing the film, I wish that I could go back and hit the rewind button so that I didn't know the answers to the film's core mystery. If the film had ended after the first hour, sure, I would have had a lot of unanswered questions, but I would have probably walked away much more satisfied. When it comes to films that incorporate elements of mystery, you don't want to reveal your hand too early on, especially if you have a weak hand. [R] 112 mins.
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