There’s nothing worse than a supernatural thriller that has you mesmerized for the first two acts only to lose your respect in the last two. That’s exactly how I felt when I pressed “Stop” after watching “6 Souls.” All the warning signs for a movie that doesn’t deliver were there. For instance, it was originally released in 2010 with a different title (“Shelter”) and just now is seeing the light of day.
Dr. Cara Harding (Julianne Moore) is introduced to a patient named Adam (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who has multiple personalities. After researching some of them, she realizes they are all actual murder victims. Cara starts digging into the man’s past to discover how or if his personalities all tie together somehow. Her investigations lead to encounters with the victim’s relatives and mysterious religious fanatics.
Talk about a movie showing promise and then just falling off the deep end halfway through. “6 Souls” carries itself quite well with good pacing, creepy sequences, and a mystery that keeps you wondering what is really going on throughout. Suddenly, the whole thing derails and becomes a confusing mess which pits the followers of a weird mix of voodoo and Christianity against a crazy faith healer in a fatal spiritual battle.
One really positive aspect of the movie is we get to see Jonathan Rhys Meyers really flex his acting muscles. He plays several distinct characters that each carry themselves uniquely and are from different parts of the country and use different accents. We get to see firsthand how talented Rhys Meyers really is.
“6 Souls” gets points taken off with me because it exhibits mixing voodoo and Christianity together. As a Christian, the film loses any credibility with me when the crazy old Granny Holler Witch (Joyce Feuller) is shown chanting over a body, sucking a man’s soul out, and putting it in a jar before she begins curing him. People aren’t supposed to combine pagan practices with Christian ones. The very idea is completely un-Biblical.
“6 Souls” looks and sounds wonderful. The 5.1 surround sound enhances the viewing experience by sonically submerging the audience directly into the center of the action. The picture is clear and the melancholy colors used for the movie fit its bleak tone.
There’s no bonus material featured on the Blu-ray version of “6 Souls.” I can’t believe there isn’t audio commentary or a trailer for the movie included just to give the release some type of supplements. It would’ve been nice to hear what writer Michael Cooney or directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein were thinking when the movie comes unhinged and veers off-track in the end.
I wanted to like “6 Souls” as I popped it into my Blu-ray player. I was engaged and caught up in its initial narrative for about 70 of its 112 minutes. Unfortunately, the tale comes unraveled and spins out of control leaving an incoherent mess in its wake. Not even great acting from Julianne Moore and an even more impressive performance by Jonathan Rhys Meyers could save this from coming across as an inept attempt at making a supernatural thriller or psychological horror film.
“6 Souls” is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.
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