Close Your Eyes

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A hypnotist with psychic talents is drawn into a criminal case with bizarre implications in this thriller from Great Britain. Dr. Michael Strother (Goran Visnjic) is a psychologist and hypnotherapist who has relocated from the United States to England after an ugly incident in which a boy under Strother's care died while swimming, possibly due to a mistakenly triggered hypnotic suggestion. Strother sometimes sees visions which he believes are images from the minds of his patients, and while hypnotizing Janet Losey (Shirley Henderson), a police detective who is trying to give up cigarettes, he sees a terrifying vision of a girl trapped beneath the surface of a stream. Strother learns that the girl in his vision is Heather, a teenager who has recently disappeared; when found, she's disoriented, unable to speak, and has strange new tattoos on her arms. Despite the pleas of his wife Clara (Miranda Otto) to keep his distance, Strother becomes involved in the case, and with the help of Elliot (Paddy Considine), a dealer in fantasy games, he learns that the bizarre gibberish Heather has been spouting are part of the rituals of an outmoded religious rite. As Strother and Losey dig deeper into the bizarre crime, they're led into a twisted web of intrigue, violence, and religious fanaticism. Hypnotic was adapted from the Madison Smartt Bell novel Doctor Sleep, which was also the film's working title.


Goran Visnjic
as Dr. Michael Strother
Shirley Henderson
as Janet Losey
Miranda Otto
as Clara Strother
Fiona Shaw
as Lebourg
Sarah Woodward
as Police Inspector Hilary Ash
Lauren Gabrielle Volpert
as Martha Strother
John Bett
as Nursing Home Doctor
Steve Nye
as Young Boy 1
Joshua McGowan
as Young Boy 2
Angus Wright
as Bicycle Man
Shammi Aulakh
as Hotel Clerk
Anthony Denham
as Police Guard
Howard Lee
as Cab Driver
John Rogan
as Francis Paladine
Andrew French
as Police Detective
Madison Smartt Bell
as Hypnosis Patient
Gerald Lepkowski
as Journalist
Colin Farrell (II)
as Theater Security Man
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Critic Reviews for Close Your Eyes

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  • The atmospheric psychological thriller weaves a compelling web thanks to dense, stylized direction by Nick Willing and a smartly assembled cast.

    May 24, 2004
  • ... one of the best thrillers I've seen probably since The Ring.

    Apr 26, 2004
  • On their way to confront ancient evil, Strother and Losey keep tripping over timeworn cliches.

    Apr 23, 2004
  • An occasionally engaging but more often gruesome British thriller.

    Apr 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4
  • If you can overlook its TV-episode look, occasional lapses in logic and detours into lurid overkill, this old-school psychological thriller, which marries a tracking-the- serial-killer narrative with occult themes, is a creepy diversion.

    Apr 22, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • May be the worst-directed movie exported by England in this young century.

    Apr 22, 2004 | Rating: 1/4

Audience Reviews for Close Your Eyes

Interesting thriller, nice twist.

Chosen 718
Chosen 718

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i quite liked this film its different but i guess not memorable though

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Film Crazy

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A cheap and pretty crappy British occult thriller about a psychic hypnotherapist helping the police to catch a serial killer of little girls. I must have missed the ritual significance of the girls to the killer's design in amongst all the arcane gibberish spouted, but I can't say my attention was especially rapt; something about blood transfusion and eternal life, I think. The acting varies from so-so to dreadful, with Shirley Henderson especially weak and even the often excellent Paddy Considine failing to register. The photography is very drab, but its general realism is consistently undercut by glaring, mediocre, digitally-manipulated backdrops.

Stephen M
Stephen M

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[font=Century Gothic][color=sienna]"Close Your Eyes" starts out with a young girl being pursued. She escapes by jumping off a bridge into a river. A policewoman(Shirley Henderson) blackmails Dr. Michael Strother(Goran Visnjic) who has miraculously gotten her to stop smoking into helping with the now silent child.(It's never resolved whether Strother is a master hypnotist or a psychic. It is clear that Strother is hiding something but it is not really relevant.) Their investigation leads to some dark and disturbing places.[/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#a0522d][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#a0522d]"Close Your Eyes" is an ineffective thriller where nothing much happens for most of the movie, except for some unpleasant business with a rat. The movie tries to coast along on atmosphere alone. It does tend to telegraph its punches, too. Even worse, because the characterizations are weak, it is very hard to care about any of the characters. It is a shame because a very good cast - Shirley Henderson, Goran Visnjic, Paddy Considine, Miranda Otto, Fiona Shaw and Corin Redgrave - is wasted. [/color][/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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