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Gothika (Widescreen)
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on April 21, 2004
This was one of those movies that somehow, I'd never even heard of it when it was in the theaters but when strolling through a DVD store one day and seeing Halle Berry on a cover, it immediately drew my attention to this great movie. That being said, this is a fairly good psychological/super natural type thriller that doesn't suffer greatly from the predictability factor and in general entertains from the first scene to the last with some seriously intriguing twists.
Performance wise, Halle Berry definitely gives and outstanding performance in this film showing a range of acting I'd previously not thought her capable of. Everybody's favorite addict in Robert Downey Jr. performs well in this movie albeit a somewhat subdued role for him in comparison to previous roles I've seen him in. Charles S. Dutton's role in this film is fairly limited which unfortunately doesn't give him much opportunity to show off his talents. Penelope Cruz's performance is fairly limited in this film as well!
This is the first film directed by Mathieu Kassovitz that I've watched and I would definitely have to say that his films may be ones to watch out for as this film is presented in a wonderful manner from beginning to end.
The Premise:
Halle Berry plays criminal psychologist Dr. Miranda Grey who works at Woodward Penitentiary for Women. She appears to be a highly respected employee at the prison and is married to her boss, Dr. Douglas Grey (Charles S. Dutton). Not long after leaving work and heading home in a storm she nearly runs someone over in the middle of the road and has an accident... She wakes up a few days later to find that she's now a patient in the penitentiary that she worked in and she's been accused of killing her own husband...
What follows from there is a well made psychological/super natural thriller that will, as stated above, entertain from the very first scene to the last as the story is extremely well scripted, directed and played out by the actors. I highly recommend this film to any and all who enjoy films in this genre! {ssintrepid}
Special Features:
-Commentary by Director Mathieu Kassovitz and Director of Photography Matthew Libatique
-Limp Bizkit "Behind Blue Eyes" Music Video
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on April 21, 2004
Dr. Miranda Grey (goddess Halle Berry) was a top psychologist until she murdered Fat Albert. After an encounter with a strange girl in the rain, Grey supposedly went mental and became a patient in the ward. Of course, "Gothika" takes place in an extremely dark place where lights don't exist and people have that one-eyed pirate stare. The token buddy (Robert Downey Jr.) doesn't add much to the movie either. Well, I don't want to give away too much information because it's predictable enough even for a ten year-old to figure out. The movie reminded me of "What Lies Beneath" and it actually has a couple of boo-yah! scenes. If you're a hardcore fan of the horror genre, you might like this. But, if you're an amateur that scares easily, I recommend you don't wear white pants because by the end of the movie you might be wearing brown pants. Chocolate pudding... Doh!
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The plot was good, not an incredible knock-out, but good. It is Halle Berry's ability to draw me in to the storyline. I think this is her best work to date.
While this is one of those "you're trapped in a dark world with lots of lights flickering on and off" movies, this time it works. In fact, it works quite well. Berry's character, Dr. Miranda Grey, has spunk and a likable personality. She is strong and weak at the same time...a real life person.
I have sat through a lot of movies recently with a great deal of "boring time" saturating the films. Not this one. Director Mathieu Kassovitz did a great job of making a "just okay" plot spark on the screen.
I say ignore the bad reviews, give it a try. If you don't like it, drop me an e-mail telling me I was wrong. :-)[...]
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on March 25, 2004
This movie is awesome! I went into the theater not knowing what this movie was about (never saw a preview or anything). I think maybe that's why i think I liked it so much!
It is extremely well-written.
If you are sensitive to things JUMPING out and SUDDENLY appearing, this movie may not be for you because there never seems to be a break from the scary moments.
Halle Berry and all the other actors are awesome!
The only thing I have against this movie is that the ending is way too predictable. You can figure out how it is going to end about 30 min-1 hour before the ending actually comes.
Watch this movie in the dark and turn off all electronic devices because, trust me, you will not want to be interrupted!
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on April 10, 2004
Okay this is what I'm told is a sleeper movie (movie that's great but didn't do all that great at the box office theaters). Okay I have to agree I love Halle Berry and that's the reason I was going to see this anyway, but the trailer to the movie was terrible. It didn't do it justice at all!!! This movie is GREAT. One of the problems with the promotion was that everyone kept calling it a horror movie. when most people think horror they think slasher film type, but if they'd said horror/suspense/thriller type then i think it would have done a lot better. It's horror in the genre of the lady in the white dress or the 6th sense. RENT THIS it's defiinitely good and has the potential for a sequel!!!!!!
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on February 15, 2004
I saw this movie with a friend of mine, and throughout the whole screening, we were screaming our heads off. We walked out of the movie theatre shivering and giggling at the same time. Gothika was an awesome movie which keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Its very interesting to see how the whole plot unravels and what Halle Berry will do to survive. Personally, I cant wait for the movie to come out on DVD so that I can watch this again. My firned and I have labeled this as the best scary movie ever.
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on April 30, 2004
This movie was so fascinating and intelligent. The idea put forth was incredibaly clever. The fact of her judging her patients and claiming that they are "crazy" until she wakes up one day to find herself in their position. The whole movie is about how halle berry unravels the case that has caused her and her patients paranoia.
It is the best movie I have ever seen. It's very meaningful influential and powerful. I would definitly advise you to buy it so you can be inspired, just like i was.
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on March 21, 2004
Jeff Shannon above gave a bad editorial review, but I think this movie was great. But, then, not everyone can like a movie.
The settings, and actor performances are amazing.
Jeff was right about one thing. It is obvious who the killer is from the start, but the movie is not about the obvious. Who is to say that there is only one killer, and who is to say that those people we consider to be crazy are actually crazy. Maybe they see a little further than "normal" people can.
Give it a try.
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on June 12, 2004
I thought it was great. It was scary, it had a good plot, and I didn't feel it was predictable at all. Maybe I just haven't seen enough scary movies...I have seen The Ring, The Sixth Sense, Poltergeist, One Hour Photo....anyway, I really liked it. Watched it with my Mom last night and she liked it too, we both agreed that there was something missing at the end of the movie. There should have been more of..something.
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on May 4, 2004
A supremely made horror-suspense motion picture that I found very enjoyable. You won't find any of Halle's soft skin in here, if you want that then view the last 007 flick.
You will find this movie keeping you staring into your TV and trying to contemplate what had just happened when that "hook" arrives to interweave into your brain.
I found it overall unpredictable.
A must see motion picture!
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