By Mikhail Chernyavsky

Five years after it was filmed and three years after it was released overseas, this lackluster thriller has made its way to U.S. stores.

Penned by “Identity” writer Michael Cooney, “6 Souls” follows forensic psychiatrist Cara Harding (Julianne Moore) as she treats a new patient with multiple personalities (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) in a continuous attempt to disprove the existence of the disorder.

This tired routine of MPD does everything possible to keep viewers guessing, but just leaves you scratching your head in the end. As soon as you have a basic understanding of what’s going on, Cooney throws in seemingly random twists in a poor attempt to mimic M. Night Shyamalan.

We quickly learn that the personalities that Meyers’ embodies are those of murder victims, which is exactly what interested me about the film in the first place. However, from then on, the plot twists (without giving them away) just get lamer and lamer with each introduction.

Without a doubt, Moore’s name will draw in some genre fans, as well as her own, but will leave them disappointed with her bland performance. I couldn’t help but find myself annoyed with the award-winning actress’ Kristen Stewart-like “dramatic whisper” throughout the film. As a result I found myself constantly having to adjust the volume or asking “what did she say?”

Meyers is perhaps the only saving grace of the film as he rotates through the various personalities, but that still isn’t saying much as most seem to blend together.

In the end, Souls leaves you wondering about questions and ideas raised throughout the film that are never just answered.

The blu-ray and DVD release is just as dreary, offering up no special features whatsoever, which to me is a good indication of a films’ worth. In this case, none.


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