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Gothika (2003)

Because someone is dead doesn't mean they're gone.

Original Title : Gothika
Director : Mathieu Kassovitz
Writer : Sebastian Gutierrez
Genre : Horror
Thriller
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Don Carmody , Melina Kevorkian , L. Levin , Susan Levin , Richard Mirisch , Steve Richards , Joel Silver , Gary Ungar , Robert Zemeckis , Jefferson Richard
Music : John Ottman
Photography : Matthew Libatique
MPAA Rating : Rated R for violence, brief language and nudity.
IMDB ID : 0348836
Official site : http://gothikamovie.com/
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poster for "Gothika" by Mathieu Kassovitz (2003)
Gothika (2003) - Mathieu Kassovitz
 

Starring

Halle Berry Miranda Grey
Robert Downey Jr. Pete Graham
Charles Dutton Dr. Douglas Grey (as Charles S. Dutton
John Carroll Lynch Sheriff Ryan
Bernard Hill Phil Parsons
Penélope Cruz Chloe Sava
Dorian Harewood Teddy Howard
Bronwen Mantel Irene
Kathleen Mackey Rachel Parsons
Matthew G. Taylor Turlington
Michel Perron Joe
Andrea Sheldon Tracey Seavers
Anana Rydvald Glass Cell Nurse
Laura Mitchell Inmate
Amy Sloan Inmate
Noël Burton Prison Doctor
Benz Antoine Guard
Andy Bradshaw Guard
Jason Cavalier Guard
Jasson Finney Guard
Terry Simpson Guard
Kwasi Songui Guard
Caroline Van Vlaardingen Reporter
Al Vandecruys Reporter
Noah Bernett Tim
 

Plot

A female psychiatrist (Berry) wakes up as a patient in the asylum for the criminally insane where she works and finds that she is being charged with the murder of her husband, which she has no memory of committing. As she wrestles to regain her memory, she finds that she is the pawn of a vengeful spirit.
 

Comments

Great plot until the denouement As my wife said, at least this creaky, preposterous psychological thriller had a ghost. Other than that, it is an old-fashioned, sane-person-trapped-in-a-mental hospital exercise in sudden noises and shock effects, mostly achieved through lighting and some mild CGI. Berry as a therapist-turned-patient is as good she gets, which isn't really saying much, although she's certainly physical enough as she escapes her confinement not once but twice and runs, jumps and climbs around an old prison facility for the criminally insane, supposedly somewhere in Connecticut (the former Fairfield Hills, anyone? More likely Whiting Forensic, which I suspect doesn't look this gothic). Downey is wasted as her psychiatrist, as is Charles Dutton as her husband, who happens to be the head of the facility. The solution to the mystery of Berry's incarceration results ina climax that is incredibly, stupendously stupid and ruins what comes before, unfortunately. Made by the same folks who gave us the remake of 13 GHOSTS, which ought to give you some idea of how logical the plot is going to be. You may safely skip this one. No breast shots, even though there is a shower scene full of nekkid women, including Berry.
 
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