Directed by: Måns Mårlind , Björn Stein
Written by: Michael Cooney
Starring: Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Horror, Thriller, and Suspense are the genres that mostly captivate my interest when it comes to movies. I can sit and watch “horror” flicks for hours, just because of the wide range of emotions I can feel throughout a single movie. With each film I see, I expect certain standards to be met to truly find it scary. Ultimately anything that I have a true belief in or that is based off real occurrences is automatically at the top of my list when it comes to my classification of “scary”. 6 Souls is legitimately one of the best movies I have seen this year in terms of horror/thriller movies. Multiple personalities, possession, and faith are the key ingredients to this movie and why it is seriously a must see.
“Multiple Personality Disorder does not exist.” These are the words of Dr. Cara Harding (Julianne Moore), in the beginning of the film. A doctor of science but a woman of God, Dr. Harding is a widow with a daughter named Sammy. Her profession runs in the family, and it is obvious her belief is that all people are responsible for their actions. Multiple personalities are just an excuse. I found Dr. Harding to be kind of a bad ass, with her whit and determination. This can definitely be seen when she first meets her new patient given to her by her dad, a fellow psychiatric doctor.
Introduced to a guy named Adam (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Dr. Harding puts him through a series of strategic tests such as describe the house you lived in, what do you see in these ink blots, and what numbers do you see. You know, the usual psychiatric stuff that everyone comes to expect. Everything seems normal till a simple phone call sparks a highly intense transformation in Adam. By far the most realistic physical transformation and character transition I have seen in a movie like this. Adam is no longer Adam…hmmm who is he? Dr. Harding is determined to prove this a fraud but along the way discovers many more personalities in some pretty intense situations, especially when her obsession to disprove Adam’s illness sends her on an on site investigation to the places where Adam’s personalities are from.
In her investigation she meets relatives of the personalities, bodies of the personalities, and even mountainous spiritual folk with their own personalities. Very creepy! Ultimately in her search, people close to her become targets, and her most valued possession is the one at risk, Sammy. Why? Well I don’t want to spoil anything so you must see this film for yourself.
The video itself is shown in a widescreen presentation 2.35:1on the Blu-Ray disc. Everything is in color and I can not even begin to express how happy I am to say this movie is so clear. You can see every detail to the wrinkles on a characters shirt and the lines on their faces. The scenes were shot so well that the story was very visually easy to follow.
The Audio had Master sound at 5.1… again Blu-Ray is amazing. I was never worried about the sound but I was worried about the placement of music or suspenseful noise because that can make or break a movie like this. 6 Souls did not disappoint in the least. I definitely jumped in a few spots because of the music.
THE PACKAGING AND EXTRA FEATURES
This Movie comes in the standard Blu-Ray case and is very light weight. The graphic on the cover is very interesting and eerie, kind of like the emotions you will witness in the film. The only feature you will find though is captions. Although I really wish there were behind the scenes or commentary from the director, but there was not.
As a whole this move was FANTASTIC! I will definitely be watching it again. From the imagery to the sound, everything was on point. I am a scary movie freak and this movie fit all the criteria in my opinion to be a truly awesome movie. The story was pretty basic but the acting took it to a completely different level. I don’t think I would change anything about this film. It is a must see, so get it now!
The Movie: 9/10
The Video: 9/10
The Audio: 9/10
The Packaging and
Special features: 8/10
Overall (not an Average): 9/10