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Trauma (2004)




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Movie Info

A man wakes up from a coma after a car crash to find that his wife apparently died in the same accident. As he tries to rebuild his life, he is haunted by images of his dead wife and his grip on reality starts to loosen. Meanwhile, his new-age neighbor encourages the man to contact his dead wife through a medium, with shocking consequences.more
Rating: R (for language and some violent images)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Smith
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 21, 2005
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Mena Suvari
as Charlotte
Dermot Murnaghan
as Newscaster 1
Jamie Owen
as Newscaster 2
Kirsty Young
as Newscaster 3
Cameron Jamie
as Reporter
Nicola Cunningham
as Reception Nurse
Kenneth Cranham
as Detective Constable ...
Nina Hossain
as Reporter
Alison David
as Lauren Parris
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Critic Reviews for Trauma

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

Hampered by narrative incoherence, sluggish pacing and emotionally remote characters.

Full Review… | January 29, 2004
Top Critic

A sleek psychological thriller outwitted by its own hyper craftsmanship.

January 23, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Visually stylish chiller that falls apart because it's a mess.

Full Review… | October 15, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A meandering, incoherent tale of a car crash victim coming to grips with his life after coming out of a coma.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

the line that separates "clever" from "confusing" is very thin

Full Review… | November 8, 2005

isn't so much confusing as it is bafflingly uninspired and stupid

Full Review… | May 13, 2005

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.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

i personally didnt like this film it was confusing and silly i like colin firth but this wasnt a good movie for him !!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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.

Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

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