A psychologist (Julianne Moore) crosses the line into the surreal when she meets Adam (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a man with multiple personalities, who is not all that he appears to be.
Directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein
6 Souls is an odd but entertaining scarefest from the producers of The Ring and starring Oscar nominee Julianne Moore and Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers. It is written by Michael Cooney (who also wrote the excellent yet similar Identity) and is directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein.
Moore plays Dr. Cara Harding, a practically-mided criminal psychologist who doesn’t buy into radical theories and notions, including those of her father (Jeffrey DeMunn, The Walking Dead), also a criminal psychologist. She finds her personal beliefs turned upside-down when he introduces her to Adam (Rhys Meyers), a patient who seems to be able to channel the souls of the dead, and may even be a murderer.
As you might expect, the film takes a supernatural turn, which provides the film with some decent scares and solid tension. That is, however, one of the problems with the film: after setting up Moore’s character of Cara as logical and disbelieving, she finally buys into the ludicrous turn the plot takes. Sure, it is to be expected, but the film jumps from psychological thriller to supernatural scarefest without winning the audience over. Sure, it is entertaining, but you don’t buy it for a second.
Without giving too much away (because Moore and Rhys Meyers do make this worth watching), the film introduces a supernatural premise halfway through the film that comes out of left field. If you think about it too much, you will realize that a lot more people should be dying or dead if you buy into the premise. That is why it is important to enjoy the ride and try not to roll your eyes too often when the film enters “What The?” territory.
There’s a reason why 6 Souls, originally made several years ago under the title Shelter, was later shelved due to negative reviews. Fans of horror and suspense will feel insulted by the lapses in logic and heavy-handed jump-scares, which is really saying something considering the notorious reputation of films of that genre. The only saving grace is the performances of Moore and Rhys Meyers, who elevate the film far higher than it deserves.
VIDEO AND AUDIO
The Blu-ray for 6 Souls sports a strong video image, with some minor deliberate grain in the image (at least we assume the grain was deliberately introduced into the digital video). The night scenes do surprisingly well, providing nice detail, and the film has a dark moodiness that the strong transfer only enhances. Audio is an excellent 5.1 DTS HD-MA mix.
THE BOTTOM LINE: BUY IT OR REDBOX IT?
Ratings (1-10 scale)
Overall grade: 5.75
6 Souls is not a great film. It isn’t even a good film. It is a mess of a thriller, and the tone is all over the place. However, Moore and Rhys Meyers are entertaining, and if you can catch it for free on Netflix or cable, it is worth watching once.
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Rating: R (violence, disturbing images)
Running time: 112 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: 5.1 DTS HD-MA
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Special features: None
Label: Anchor Bay