Gothika (2003)

Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz.  Written by Sebastian Gutierrez.  Starring Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Penelope Cruz, Charles S. Dutton and John Carroll Lynch.

Plot: a psychiatrist wakes up in the very mental institution she works at, accused of killing her husband


Dr. Miranda Grey (Berry) works at a mental hospital.  She believes that at least one of her patients, Chloe (Cruz), is over-medicated, but her husband, Dr. Doug Grey (Dutton), who is her boss at the hospital, doesn’t agree.  On her way home from work, she gets into a car accident after almost hitting a girl who’s standing in the middle of the road.  But, when she wakes up, she’s in a cell in her hospital and her colleague, Dr. Pete Graham (RDJ) tells her that she’s in there for killing her husband.  Of course, she doesn’t remember doing it and she’s trapped in her own hell, trying to convince everyone she’s not crazy.

It’s a mind fuck of a movie and I’m not going to give it away, so I can’t say all that much.  Just know, I didn’t see the first twist coming, but the second one I sniffed out from a mile away.  The cast was great.  The story was terrific, I thought, if not a little annoying because of the lack of Freddy Claws.  The effects were impressive and the direction was awesome.

DJ didn’t watch this with me cause he doesn’t really like the psychological thrillers.  But I recommend it wholeheartedly.  I really liked it.

My score: 58.

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