After wrapping in 2008, Swedish filmmakers Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein stalled the release of their horror flick starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, then called Shelter. Perhaps it was because the sloppy thriller, which is finally hitting a handful of theaters with the title 6 Souls, bears a likeness to an exceptionally gory movie on Lifetime—in other words, it’s formulaic, nonsensical and corny as fuck. Moore plays a forensic psychiatrist named Cara Harding whose father (Jeffrey DeMunn) has challenged her to diagnose accurately a patient (Rhys Meyers) he believes is suffering from multiple personality disorder. The patient’s many identities slowly unfurl as Harding picks away at his case, so preoccupied with curing him that she places herself in the sort of stupidly obvious danger that prompts viewers to yell at the screen. Mårlind and Stein’s heavy-handed use of cheap thrill tactics mixes badly with a series of disjointed attempts to reveal the disturbed patient’s real identity, and though Rhys Meyers delivers an impressive performance as all six different characters, the film’s mess of worn-out horror motifs and confusing plot line ultimately crashes in a painful, stilted finish.
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- Release Date: Monday, April 1, 2013
- MPAA Rating: R
- Critic's Score: C-
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