Directed by Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
Written by Michael Cooney
Starring: Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeffrey DeMunn
A female forensic psychiatrist discovers that all of one of her patient’s multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what’s happening before her time is finished.
Great, another science vs religion vs my attention span possession film. There are two reasons that make this film remotely entertaining, and that’s Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers – two fantastic actors that take their roles very seriously even when they have almost nothing to work with. If you were looking for a trope-busting runaway horror hit – you’re going to be vastly disappointed. 6 Souls looked interesting enough, a great win for clever marketing, but a terrible loss for psychological horror and movies in general.
There are plenty of effective techniques within 6 Souls. The slow camera creeping and panic-inducing score punctuates the unfolding fear and uncertainty, but the overall theme of the film is like something a middle school Blair Witch fan would create. The backwoods surgery, generic runes, and skittering shadows offer a terrible base for these two talented actors to work upon. Ultimately, it’s an insult to Moore and Meyers if anything. The God/Man/Evil/Good theme tries desperately to weave something tangible, but sadly fails at nearly every turn.
The film makers tried, which is more than I can say for some recent reviews, but in the end, this is just another garden variety psychological thriller that can’t grow legs. This isn’t even worthy of renting, so my advice is to save your time and money. If I had a firm rating system, this would be a soft D-. Pass, a world of pass.