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Oh, poor Julianne Moore - this is a bad one....
Anchor Bay / 112 Minutes / 2010 / Rated R / Street Date: July 2, 2013
Julianne Moore’s beautiful face featured prominently on a Blu-ray Disc’s cover art is usually reason enough to spend a couple hours with whatever movie lies within its case. One of our great, great actresses currently working, Moore is a fearless performer, and her willingness to take on both left-field characters and more mainstream archetypes makes her a lightning rod of creative dynamism. But 6 Souls proves that even this willingness to give herself over to her craft doesn’t always mean results.
In this misguided suspense thriller, Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein have taken a wonderful cast – Moore, Jeffrey DeMunn, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers – and wasted their collective potential in a movie riddled with pretense and cliché: even for a low-rent horror flick, it’s a turkey. Moore plays psychiatrist Cara Harding, and – try not to be too surprised – Harding has some particularly troubled patients, and her interactions with these poor souls leads her down a rabbit-hole of scary things and creepy-crawlies that may or may not be real.
It’s no surprise that 6 Souls has had a troubled cinematic gestation: the movie has had multiple titles over the years since it was originally shot, but no magic nomenclature would be able to save the leaden drudgery on display here. 6 Souls has strong, virile presence to it – you can’t have a cast roster like this one and not drum up a steady field of viewer expectation – but it dissolves after its looming first twenty minutes. Not even Julianne Moore’s cunning wonder is able to separate it from the pack. Run screaming.