What if everything you thought you knew was wrong? What if a cornerstone of your existence was a lie? These are the questions that Gothika presents, especially to those members of the Academy who believed that Halle Berry is a good actress. I suppose that these are also thematic questions because the story is about a psychiatrist who is possessed by a ghost and (this is the big twist at the end) learns that her husband is a serial killer.
Maybe the psychiatrist is supposed to be really dumb, or maybe she has got through med school and landed a job because of affirmative action, or because sheÂs cute and has a great rack. In that case Halle BerryÂs performance is excellent. This interpretation is consistent not only with the BerryÂs performance, but with the script. HereÂs one example. Berry learns that when her late husband used to Âgo fishing at the creek,” he was actually torturing women to death in the dungeon under his fishing shack. The ghost and her own analysis of the case tell her that her husband was working with a partner, meaning that a second killer is still on the loose. To whom does Berry confide this information? To her husbandÂs best friend and fishing buddy!
These stupid moments were amusing, so I probably would have derived less enjoyment from this film if it was a more skillful hack job. I also had fun imagining the screenwriter toiling over the microwave dialog.
ÂThey can take my body but they canÂt take myÂ What? Hmmm. Mind? No, thatÂs a clichÃ©. WaitÂ WaitÂ . ItÂs comingÂ mind! Drat, again. No, no, soul! They can take my body, but they canÂt take my soul! IÂm brilliant! I think thatÂs even in iambic pentameter!”
HeÂll probably win an Oscar, too.
I donÂt have a lot else to say. This is just another one of those movies thatÂs supposed to be scary because it recycles the special effects from OzzyÂs video for ÂCrazy Babies.” Sort of like The Ring, but not as good.
Special Ruthless Ratings:
- Film Overall: 4
- Number of beers needed to make it a 10: 8
- Number of times the movie was paused to do something else: 0
- Number of times something else was done without pausing the movie: 4
- Number of times Halle BerryÂs character was naked: 3
- Number of times you saw any of her evil parts: 0
- Number of times you saw any of the parts next to her evil parts: 0
- Dollars of box office lost because of the lack of skin: $18 million