‘6 Souls’ Movie Review – Do You Believe?
What starts out as a suspenseful psychological thriller painstakingly descends into a two-hour propaganda film for the Catholic Church in 6 Souls, the new (but not new) film starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Keep in mind that the movie was produced in 2008, but is only now being released in 2013. Draw what conclusions from that you will.
With the same acting chops that have gotten her to the Academy Awards more than once, Moore takes on the role of Dr. Cara Jessup, a psychiatrist who doesn’t believe in multiple personality syndrome, but does still believe in God, despite having watched her husband be murdered on Christmas Eve. But even her talent is outshone, or at least upstaged, by Meyers as Adam, a seemingly mentally unstable man who slips in and out of personalities that he didn’t make up, but adopted from random murder/suicide victims. Meyers has always been intense, but he takes that intensity to another level in this film, leaving all heterosexual women to wonder, “Is it all right to be so attracted to someone that creepy?”
Cara’s father puts the two characters on a collision course in his never-ending quest to open his daughter’s mind to the possibility of, um, the mind, but she’s determined to find a logical explanation for how Adam could know so much about the personalities he’s swallowed, for a lack of a better word. In the process, though, Cara uncovers a century-old secret that threatens not only her life, but the life of her father, brother and her young daughter who has lost her faith.
It’s a shame that two such incredible actors couldn’t work together on a better film. The first half of the movie did work as the two of them faced off in interrogation rooms and Meyers proved that he can cry, scream and seduce all in the same frame, but it’s the second half of the film that got bogged down in mountain mythology, unbelievable history and enough Christian propaganda to please the Westboro Baptists.
While this isn’t new (look at The Exorcist), it’s lazy filmmaking in this day and age to have the idea that not believing in God will lead to death and destruction packaged up in a thriller and fed to the masses. It’s little wonder that the film had trouble finding its way to theatres. Most moviegoers don’t like to pay to be told that even daring to question God will earn them punishment, even if the punishment in this case didn’t come from God, but from…well…it’s hard to say, and I’m not even worried about spoilers. I just don’t know. Was the bad guy a ghost or the devil or something in between? It’s never made clear. This is a movie that screamed for an epilogue, but settled for one final twist instead.
Basically, if a Christian teen summer camp needs a horror movie for Friday Film Night, they have found their flick.
6 Souls opens in limited release on April 5th, but is On Demand as of March 1st.