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A brilliant and respected criminal psychologist, Dr. Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) is an expert at knowing what is rational. Under the direction of her husband (Charles S. Dutton), Miranda treats dangerously disturbed patients at the Woodward Penitentiary for Women. But Miranda's life is thrust into terrifying jeopardy after a cryptic encounter with a mysterious young girl leads to a nightmare beyond her wildest imagination.
The title of Gothika prepares you for a spooky, atmospheric thriller with an emphasis on supernatural mystery. The best way to appreciate the movie itself is to understand that it's a waking nightmare that needn't make sense in the realm of sanity. Making a flashy Hollywood debut after his superior 2000 thriller Crimson Rivers, French actor-director Mathieu Kassovitz pours on the dark and stormy atmosphere, trapping a competent psychologist (Halle Berry) in the prison ward where she treated inmates (including Penelope Cruz) until she was committed for killing her husband (Charles S. Dutton), who was also her boss. Did a car crash cause her to suffer ghostly delusions, or is a young girl--dead for four years--sending clues from beyond the grave? Berry has to prove her innocence while Kassovitz keeps everything--including the viewer and costar Robert Downey Jr. (as Berry's colleague)--in the dark about just where the nonsensical plot is leading. There's a better movie in here somewhere, among the catwalks and crannies of the impressive prison-castle setting, and Berry gives 100% in a performance that's consistent with the movie's overwrought tone. Attentive viewers will identify the killer early on, and the ending is anticlimactic, but Gothika serves up a few good shocks for ghost-story connoisseurs. --Jeff Shannon
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 38 minutes
- Release date : September 25, 2007
- Actors : Halle Berry
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : B000U1ZV44
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #146,042 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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There are just too many holes in the story. Is she possessed, and is that a defense strategy? She did kill her husband. It seems that she did it while possessed by one of his victims, but I doubt a jury is going to buy that defense, even though her husband was a dirtbag and deserved it. And what was up with the cutting on the arm? Did she do it or was it the ghost? And the guard who hides her and gives her his keys. Where did that come from? She spoke to him once in the beginning, but he doesn’t come back until she needs his car.
I like Halle Berry, and I think she did well in this movie. She wasn’t great but good, but there was too much wrong with the story. I’ve never been a big fan of Robert Downey, Jr., but he did okay. Again, they had a difficult script/story – a supernatural thriller that wasn’t much on either of those counts.