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Gothika Reviews

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Flucio
August 5, 2014
Berry is a very good actress and the best special effect on this film. Good screenplay with twist and turns that makes this film better. What makes this film more stupid is the tittle that nobody understand.
June 18, 2014
Despite the seemingly bad reviews this is one of my favorite intellectual thrillers. Horror? Not really. Continuity is sporadic but I feel that adds to the dark, confused, insanity theme. Great gothic/grunge/industrial asylum kinda feel, good acting by Berry and Downey overcome dialog, I've easily watched this movie 10+ times. Naysayers have no imagination, dark movie lovers rejoice. The song at the end (Limp Bizkit - Behind Blue Eyes) music video was this movie and complements it amazingly.
June 6, 2014
Gothika is lackluster as a horror movie, but as a mystery it's decent enough.
June 5, 2014
A few creepy moments. Nothing more.
March 29, 2014
Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz (La Haine (1995), The Crimson Rivers (2000) and Babylon A.D. (2008), produced by Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis and written by Sebastian Gutierrez (Snakes on a Plane (2006)), this dark horror film has some good ideas, but it's let down by pedestrian plotting and derivative scares, despite the best efforts of the cast, who are wasted in this supernatural thriller. Psychiatrist Dr. Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) works at a mental hospital, and while driving home one night, is possessed by a ghost. When she wakes up, she's restrained in the mental hospital where she works, and is told by Dr. Pete Graham (Robert Downey, Jr.) that she murdered her husband Douglas (Charles S. Dutton). Miranda can't believe this accusation, as she can't remember it. She's forced to conform to hospital life, which means bonding with her former patient Chloe Sava (PenÚlope Cruz). But, one night, Miranda witnesses something happening to Chloe, which could explain as to why she's been banged up. Director Kassovitz seems to have had bad luck while working in Hollywood, maybe this and Babylon A.D. should convince him to stay away. It has shades of Samuel Fuller's Shock Corridor (1964), and this is a film which should have been made 40 years previously, as it might have been better.
February 10, 2014
Non. Quand personne ne fait d'efforts, il n'y a pas de miracle. Gothika fait partie de la caste des films si fades, si hallucinants de mediocrite qu'il est impossible de defendre une telle entreprise morte-nee. Entre une realisation qui multiplie les jump scares, des acteurs catastrophiques (Halle Berry et Penelope Cruz, c'est comme d'habitude, Charles S. Dutton & Robert Downey Jr., c'est plus ennuyeux), un scenario scandaleusement idiot, des SFX dignes des pires DTV 90's et une musique omnipresente et inaudible, Gothika se range directement dans la fosse a purin.
February 2, 2014
Halle Berry outdid herself. This psychological thriller was creepy, engrossing, and ten years later, very memorable.
January 2, 2014
Interesting B movie directed by the talented French director Mathieu Kassovitz. it's nothing tremendously new but it works ok.
Maineutral R.
October 30, 2013
I can understand why this movie is bad, i mean, my God is it bad. But my brain finds this movie highly watchable and often a guilty pleasure. Dialogue is bad, but entertaining, performances are good, the story is convulted but you don't care. The characters are stupid but you laugh at that instead of feeling bad. And you got to admit that the ambience and atmosphere of the movie are well done...guess i like the blue color here and some of the darkness too. Also, the story development, although clumsy, is pretty interesting and comes to a somewhat fitting climax.
All in this movie is wrong, but i like it that way here. I don't know, this movie just turns my brain off and i kinda enjoy it, but i still know it's bad and feels overlong (and it only runs for an hour and a half).
I guess that the guilty pleasures of some people are unpredictible.
JAGTPlays
November 1, 2013
Gothika, while not a good film, it is not horrendous either, and even though the development is all messed up, it has some interesting plot, concepts and great acting. Probably underrated, probably not. Give it a try.
February 5, 2010
Confusing. Goes nowhere.
September 24, 2013
Before you go to sleep watch Gothika
Reprieved Soul
September 16, 2013
Bogged down in convention, with enough originality to keep some interest. But only use. "the Doctor is Sick" has been done so many times, and better, we could probably have done without this one
September 8, 2013
Absolutely brilliant film, which came at a time when thrillers were incredible (also see The Others and What Lies Beneath.) Great cast and the brilliant return of Robert Downey Jr too, certainly worth a watch.
February 25, 2011
So-so supernatural-mystery-thriller. Too many unnecessary twists and blind alleys. The supernatural stuff was vastly overdone: if it had stuck to being a mystery-drama it would have been much more believable and interesting.

Decent performances from Halle Berry and Robert Downey Jr. Penelope Cruz was wasted in such a minor role though.
July 2, 2007
The movie looked great and I love Halle Berry, but it just wasn't very scary.
July 5, 2012
Despite its irregularities and the clumsy scenario, there is an interesting development and a surprising finale.
August 3, 2013
We've seen similar horror thrillers handled much more gracefully, but it has a few high points.
July 31, 2013
Gothika is a horror thriller with a good premise but the execution is lackluster and it makes for a very convoluted mystery. The story follows Dr. Miranda Grey, a psychiatrist working at a correctional facility that one day finds herself on the other side of the observation room and has to figure out exactly what happened in order to clear her name. Once she starts piecing things together she realizes that there's a lot more going on than she could have ever guessed. There's murder, suspected corruption at the facility she works at, conspiracies, ghosts, possessions and several enigmas that need to be solved in order to figure out what exactly happened the night before Miranda was arrested and committed.
Because the movie deals with a lot of detective work and revelations, it's hard to give examples of exactly what goes wrong without spoiling the mysteries but there are some obvious plot points that are clumsily handled. For example, once committed in a mental asylum and accused of murder, it would be pretty difficult for someone to conduct an investigation. That means our main character Miranda has to escape her cell numerous times in order to put together some evidence. It becomes really hard to believe that she would be able to go get out of her cell without being detected so many times in what appears to be a modern psychiatric hospital. There are security guards and cameras but none of the staff are observing the monitors apparently because if they were they would be able to see that there is something supernatural going on and that there are some really questionable things going on at this facility.
The film also feels like it's really jumping through hoops to give us some spooky revelations. There is a scene for example where Miranda is attacked by what can only be described as a ghost. Ok, the attack happens in a crowded room where there were a lot of things going on so it's possible no one saw what really happened and even if they did, most of the testimonies would have come from mental patients and no one would have believed them. The thing is, the ghost carves a message on our protagonist's arm and the doctor who patches her up doesn't even mention this to the specialist that's evaluating Miranda's mental condition. Don't you think that this message would be something important to mention? After the incident, she's placed in an isolation cell: a room with a bed, some wooden shelves but no sink or toilet. Now you don't have to be a medical professional to see what's wrong with this picture... what happens if she needs to go to the bathroom? If she were such a danger to herself, why wouldn't she be placed in a padded cell? Why would you place her in a room where she could easily break some planks of wood and use the pieces to harm herself or others?
As the movie moves along you keep asking yourself questions about how certain plot elements make sense and why characters are acting the way they do. At the very end of the movie there is a climax that's really ridiculous and falls apart completely under even a little bit of scrutiny. You're forced to believe that either no one has been able to identify a criminal despite damning evidence, that the police do not interrogate victims or that the FBI really takes its time with this high profile murder investigations. Even the ghosts act in really questionable ways. The assumption is that the spirit that is haunting Miranda has come back from the grave to finally get some rest by solving the mystery of her death. Her goal is to help the living piece together what is going on but when you think about it, she's really going about the wrong way. Always appearing at the most inconvenient times for Miranda and constantly freaking her out instead of pointing her in the right direction. The script is also poorly written, with a lot of bad dialogue including the memorable line "Logic is overrated".
Really though, "Gothika" is more of a disappointment than a really bad movie. The premise is good and the mystery is interesting to watch unfold. There are some genuinely creepy moments, a couple of good scares and the special effects are well done too. The story feels sloppily put together though; like the first draft of the film is what they decided to go with instead of making it go through a couple of rounds of tightening and polishing. For all of the potential and things that work with "Gothika" in the end it just ends up being a mediocre movie with too many problems to really recommend. (Dvd, April 5, 2013)
June 16, 2013
Everything begins to wither out and ends in lackluster fashion.
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