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Critic Reviews for Trauma
Hampered by narrative incoherence, sluggish pacing and emotionally remote characters.
A sleek psychological thriller outwitted by its own hyper craftsmanship.
A meandering, incoherent tale of a car crash victim coming to grips with his life after coming out of a coma.
Audience Reviews for Trauma
Firth awakens from a coma to discover his wife is dead and he is suspected of murdering a pop idol. This is a psychological thriller that isn't always so logical. What it is do, mostly thanks to Firth, is capture the sheer terror of people perceiving you as mad. It's a difficult job to truly make us believe that both reality and fantasy are possible. As Firth's mental state begins to crumble around him the film does lose some of its footing. It gets to a point where confusion and surprise become Evans' main objective. Thankfully, it's never a dull ride, and when one looks at the emotional destruction, it can seem so much more fulfilling.
i personally didnt like this film it was confusing and silly i like colin firth but this wasnt a good movie for him !!
Trauma has a limited level of success on the account of its strongly-developed tone and a few creepy scenes, but the narrative is an absolute disaster. The plot is extremely simple, but deliberately made to seem obtuse, which leaves the movie unrewarding in the end. Colin Firth offers up a complete retread of his neurotic performance in Apartment Zero, and Mena Suvari has a handful of decent scenes that keep her from being an utter mess. No one in the cast is at the top of their game here.
Perhaps the most criminal sin of Trauma is its blatant cribbing from the massively superior Jacob's Ladder. The ripping-off is not so much from the plot (though there are definite elements of that floating around in the stew), but in the atmosphere and stylism. Hell, Trauma pretty much admitted it when it used the "rapid head-jerk" effect that Jacob's Ladder invented. To me, this is a blatant and downright disrespectful act of plagiarism.
Marc Evans, the director of Trauma, has talent but no creativity. Let's hope that he parlays this dearth of imagination into something far better - a stronger script or more captivating project.
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