6 Souls [Blu-ray]
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I hoped this would be a smart psychological thriller perhaps with a neat twist thrown in somewhere. I got a twist all right but it certainly wasn't what I had been hoping for. The most disappointing thing about this film is that somewhere in amongst the mess there is a hint of something better, something that never was.
The first half the film is carried by Jonathan Rhys Meyers who plays Adam and all of his personalities. His perfomance in this film really was excellent. He slips from personality to personality with remarkable fluidity while managing to remain extremely convincing. His character switches were what convinced me to keep watching the film since I had been very unimpressed with the rest of it. It wasnt that Julianne Moore was bad - per se - but she was boring. The character had no depth or interest and this was highlighted all the more when she was up against Meyer's bold performances.
Unfortunately the film, which could have ben smart, then completely derails itself as it descends into a steaming pile of nonsense. The psychological element becomes the supernatural as Harding discovers that Adam's 'personalities' are in fact the spirits of murder victims. Even this might have been workable with a decent script but the directors seemed hellbent on destryoing their own film.Read more ›
This one uses what world religions have used for centuries to control the masses . . . "Believe without question, or you'll wish you had." By the time the protagonist realizes the error of her ways, it's either too late, or at least almost too late to avert disaster. The only diversion from that old formula is the connection to old mountain ways and an old crone rather than a well recognized and accepted religion. The very ending has been done and over done too many times, but all in all a pretty entertaining movie. I enjoyed it and my popcorn.
Cara looks into the histories of both of the man’s personalities, convinced he created the personality after reading about them in newspapers. Yet when she tracks down David’s mother (Francis Conroy of American Horror Story), and has her meet the man, he knows details about David’s life that he could not possibly know. Things grow more terrifying as David begins to display other personalities…personalities of people who have recently died. As she begins to doubt her theory, her investigations take her to the rural hill country where she meets a blind old woman called “Granny” who reveals that David is something much more terrifying than simply a man with a mental disorder.
I enjoyed 6 Souls for about the first two-thirds and then it sunk like a stone. There was nothing wrong with the introduction of the supernatural elements of the story until they became a convoluted mess about fire and brimstone preacher in the 1910’s who lost his faith in God and became possessed by an evil force that is never clearly defined. The last twenty minutes of the film is just about beyond comprehension that leaves you shaking your head over what just happened when it concludes. It’s too bad…the film had some promising elements and is bolstered by an exceptional cast but ultimately tries to get too cute for its own good.
6 SOULS has a compelling and unique storyline that nicely intermixes spiritual and psychological elements: There are some very original ideas here. It's well-produced and cinematized with realistic acting by all. It has the necessary focus but still leaves room for individual interpretation, the sort of film that you can watch multiple times, picking up new details and subtleties with each view. At times it seems pro-Christian, at times anti-Christian, or at least critical of the superstitious-fundamentalist brand of Christianity. Again, the religious elements are clear enough yet also vague enough.
The plot does drag and meander a good bit. There are also some of the usual tired old demon-tropes (people throwing up black goop, etc). Still, this film has a fairly solid mythos behind it and relies more on surprise and suspense than it does raw schlock. While nothing really truly special, 6 SOULS is probably worth seeing if you like psychological/supernatural horror and have been disappointed by a lot of the other recent efforts in this genre.
The ending leaves room for an interesting sequel. . .7 SOULS?
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6 Souls is suppose to be classified as a psylogical thriller which stars Julianne Moore who plays Cara Harding, Cara is a mental-health professional who is constantly fighting... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Rachel
I love psychological thrillers much more than the gore that makes up most moves today. I saw this on SyFy and had to buy it!Published 2 months ago by Angi
I enjoyed the movie again. This movie have two different titles, " 6 Souls" and "Shelter" same movie.Published 3 months ago by BrownSugar
Compared to other films in its genre 6 Souls is a gripping tale with two superb actors doing perhaps their best work. A must see.Published 4 months ago by Muriel J Moore
Really good movie and I like how the guy is like crazzy and possessedPublished 4 months ago by jarod
I'm not really a fan of Julianne Moore, though I'm slowly coming around and am learning to appreciate her acting skills more with each movie I watch. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jo
A great movie, anything with Julianne Moore acting in it is fine by me. This movie has it all suspense, horror, suspicion and a great story. Don't watch it on your own,Published 5 months ago by Prudence Bailey
Enjoyable movie with Julianne Moore facing a patient of her dads who has not only 6 souls but 6 evil souls that then to overspill into her everyday life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nita Tischendorf