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Trauma (Steelbook) (2004)

Mena Suvari , Colin Firth , Marc Evans  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mena Suvari, Colin Firth
  • Directors: Marc Evans
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: FIRST LOOK PICTURES
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029Z8KB0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,917 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When Ben (Colin Firth) awakes from a coma, he discovers his wife (Naomi Harris) has been killed in a car accident. Waking from a coma after a car crash, Ben learns that his wife was killed in the accident, and his world collapses. As Ben attempts to rebuild his life, he gets a new job and new home and is befriended by a beautiful young neighbor, Charlotte (Mena Suvari). His life starts to turn around but all is not what it seems and, haunted by visions of his dead wife, Ben starts to lose his grip on reality and begins to doubt his own sanity.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Denial and Self Delusion November 18, 2005
Format:DVD
Ben has a car accident, and wakes up after 7 days in a coma believing his wife was killed in the crash, and his mental and emotional disturbance over her death is interwoven with the murder of a famous pop singer. The plot is a little muddled and one has to see this rather dull film twice to completely follow the thread of it. Staying awake the first time around can be a bit of a challenge, as "Trauma" is full of scenes of Ben as he meanders about in a delusional daze. Jobless and looking like a vagrant, he shuffles through his clippings of the pop star, and fiddles around with his ants and spiders. "Trauma" is not an easy film to watch, not because it is all that disturbing, but because it is boring. A recent film that can be compared to it is "The Machinist," which is far creepier and disquieting to view.

Colin Firth is excellent as the delusional Ben, as is Mena Suvari as Charlotte, the gentle, trusting soul that befriends him. Other good actors in the cast include Tommy Flanagan ("Braveheart") as Ben's buddy Tommy, and Brenda Fricker has a small part as a clairvoyant. Directed by Marc Evans, with some clever cinematography by John Mathiesen, no amount of spooky sounds in the soundtrack or mysterious elements can save this film and make it even mildly interesting. Recommended only for avid Firth fans, otherwise this one is a dud. No DVD extras are included other than Spanish subtitles, and total running time is 94 minutes.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome: The Movie June 22, 2005
Format:DVD
TRAUMA is one of those films that invokes mixed responses from audiences depending on their expectations: it seems to polarize people into love/hate categories. While not a great movie, TRAUMA has the courage to pose a storyline that is more involved with the interior aspects of a mind altered by physical events. We are asked to observe the world through the eyes of a battered brain which happens to belong to a man with a tattered past. If linear stories are preferred then this is not a film to recommend. For those viewers willing to crawl inside the malfunctioning mind, this film is mesmerizing and full of rewarding moments.

Ben (Colin Firth) is seen in the opening flashbacks driving a car at night with his wife Elisa (Naomie Harris). There is a car crash and Ben awakens from a coma in a hospital, convinced that Elisa is dead. He wanders the hospital, drawn to the morgue where the caretaker (Cornelius Booth) enhances the mystery of the place. Ben learns from the TV room that a famous singer Lauren Parris (Alison David), for whom Elisa has been a dancer, has been murdered. His mind disintegrates and everything that follows is a mélange of delusion mixed with bits of reality that exquisitely define how the post traumatic stress syndrome can be driven to psychosis if not recognized and treated.

Ben leaves the hospital (or does he?) and continues his art career in a vast building undergoing reconstruction (a building that has been a hospital....), befriended by his mate Roland (Sean Harris) and by his landlady 'Charlotte' (Mena Suvari). More flashbacks (mostly childhood memories) occur as Ben talks things out with a 'psychiatrist' (whose face we never see...) and during episodes with channeler Petra (Brenda Fricker) he is informed that Elisa is not dead.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeeeet September 19, 2005
Format:DVD
OK... I'm a Colin Firth fan, straight up I'm letting y'all know that my opinion of this film may be a bit swayed by that fact, but the movie was awesome. It was excellent just because of the way it viewed Mr. Firth's character. Basically... ::SPOILERS:: POSSIBLY.... He thought he was insane, then discovered he wasn't insane, but because he originally thought he was insane he was slowly becoming insane even when he realized he really wasn't, and to stop from becoming insane he killed off the only thing he felt that was finally driving him to the edge, which turned out to be a real person, and that, in the end, really did drive him insane. *gasp* So amazing, I can't even begin to describe it. Go Mr. Firth!!!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars TRAUMATIZED August 19, 2005
Format:DVD
Other than Colin Firth's compelling performance, there is little else to recommend TRAUMA. A puzzling mind game passed off as "artistic film-making", the movie never rewards its audience with the payoff of what was real and what was Firth's fantasies. A movie that fails to accomplish a true resolution is merely an exercise in cinematic self-absorption, which is what TRAUMA achieves. Firth does a good job considering his role is so poorly conceived.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding performance! November 2, 2005
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I have never written a review and suspense/thriller is my least favorite genre. Having said that, I watched this movie because of Colin Firth. I think he has been generally underated for years. What pleased me about this film was his absolutely compelling performance. It is a tour de force. Yes, the sound quality was not great, but that did not detract from the power of the internal journey depicted by Mr. Firth. For anyone who ever enjoyed the dashing Mr. D'Arcy...watch this film and see the diligent and concentrated performance of a truly gifted actor.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Nothing is wrong with `Trauma' as far as the actors and technical aspects are concerned. Colin Firth shows compelling acting as the suffering protagonist who survived a car accident, and John Mathieson's noir-ish cinematography is simply riveting. Except that, however, `Trauma' is likely to leave most audiences only puzzled and unsatisfied after the end credits roll. As for the film itself, it goes on and on without giving me during its course any sense of mystery, drama, character study, or whatever that is worth spending my time.

Colin Firth plays Ben, who wakes up from a coma that lasted one week after his car crash that killed his wife Elisa (Naomie Harris, '28 Days Later'). In spite of the constant therapy and the presence of a lovely girl named Charlotte (Mena Suvari), Ben's mental condition gets worse and worse, and he begins to suspect that what he sees and remembers does not necessarily reflect the reality that everyone else shares. In addition to the premise that is no longer original, the film introduces a murder case of internationally famous actress (or singer ... sorry I forgot which) that does not convince me at all. And the most surprising thing is, Ben might be the prime suspect of the murder! But how? and why?

The script is laden with so many bits that do not simply gel - beside the things I pointed out above, Ben must meet a seer (played by Brenda Fricker) who says something very predictable, and his estranged sister who is just forgettable. There are also big red ants crawling all over, paintings that imply nothing special, and the CCTV surveillance images that only remind that the film is set in UK. All these gimmicks are used in the short films directed by film school students. The difference is, probably they know what they are doing better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I bought it because Colin Firth is in it...
He seems to like these dark dramas. Good if you're growing accustomed to his other brooding types of work. Not for the light hearted but a Colin Firth talent showcase indeed
Published 11 months ago by Pineapple0215
1.0 out of 5 stars TRAUMA
I've always admired Colin Firth, he is sexy, handsome, British.... but this film was a stinker. I thought I was suffering from Trauma just trying to understand the bloody thing! Read more
Published 15 months ago by E. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie.
im a big fan of foreign/european films particularly from the uk. this one was written very well. great actors great story.
Published 17 months ago by carly
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Puzzle of a Film
I give the film itself 5 stars, but the DVD maybe 2. Sadly the DVD has no extras. No director's comments. No subtitles, except in Spanish. Read more
Published 19 months ago by KMM
1.0 out of 5 stars What did I just watch?
I understand that there are a few movies you have to view more than once to 'get it'.... but... those movies make it enticing. This one didn't. Read more
Published on February 9, 2012 by Kevin Stanton
4.0 out of 5 stars Sorta' creepy!
An interesting study of a troubled mind. Not quite sure if all of the lead character's marbles had rolled to one side before the "Trauma" but it seems he was always a few cards... Read more
Published on March 28, 2011 by L. McKellar
3.0 out of 5 stars Trauma for the viewer, as well
TRAUMA is a minor supernatural frighter that stars Colin Firth as a man who awakens from a coma to learn that his wife has died in the car wreck that also nearly killed him. Read more
Published on February 17, 2011 by Annie Van Auken
2.0 out of 5 stars When you're COlin Firth, sometimes you get an Oscar nod, and sometimes...
Trauma (Marc Evans, 2004)

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Published on March 16, 2010 by Robert Beveridge
1.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasant
Ben (Colin Firth) was in a bad car accident that killed his wife. As the story opens he's in the hospital, coming out of a coma. Read more
Published on September 25, 2009 by Kona
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring is too good a word for this.
Watching this makes watching grass grow look good. I cannot believe Colin Firth would make a movie that is beyond amateurish. Read more
Published on August 24, 2008 by Sheila Bloom
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