2006-03-30 12:16

A brilliant and respected criminal psychologist, Dr. Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) is an expert at knowing what is rational. What is logical. What is sane.

Under the direction of her husband (Charles S. Dutton), the chief administrator of the psychiatric ward at the Woodward Penitentiary for Women, Miranda treats dangerously disturbed patients like Chloe (Penelope Cruz), an intensely charismatic murderess whose confessions of satanic torture are dismissed by the judicious doctor as the psychotic meanderings of a paranoid mind.

But Miranda's comfortable marriage and stable life are thrust into terrifying jeopardy after a cryptic encounter with a mysterious young girl leads to a nightmare beyond her wildest imagination.

When Miranda awakens from the horrific incident, she is shocked to discover that her husband has been murdered - and the bloody evidence points directly at her. Unable to fathom having committed an unmotivated act of such sheer brutality against a man she loved and admired, Miranda suddenly finds herself confined to Woodward alongside the highly unstable patients she used to treat with methodical detachment.

With no memory of the night in question except for fractured visions of the hauntingly enigmatic girl, the doctor's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic. Her claims of innocence are seen as the beginnings of a deep descent into madness by her former colleagues like Dr. Pete Graham (Robert Downey JR.), Miranda's sympathetic but sceptical co-worker who is wrestling with issues of his own.

Forced to rely on her instincts rather than facts, Miranda begins to believe that she has been possessed by a supernatural force determined to exact revenge at the expense of her sanity. As Chloe draws her deeper into her own personal hell, Miranda must determine if she is being driven to madness...or closer to the truth.

What the critics are saying:

"More of a women's-prison movie than a supernatural thriller, and not a very good one at that."
- Stephanie Zacharek,

"The film has suspense and enough well-done jolts to satisfy the folks who go to movies for those sorts of things, but the more the story wades into the supernatural, the sillier it gets."
- Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle

"In trash as in art there is no accounting for taste, and reader, I cherished this movie in all of its lurid glory."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Halle Berry plays a criminal psychologist who is committed to her own psychiatric ward after her husband is murdered. The resulting film is visually stylish but messy, derivative and often plain silly.

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Robs 2007/01/12 1:55 PM
Excellent I loved this movie. Scary but without the gore. One for the DVD collection.
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