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March 15, 2004 | by  | in Film |
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Gothika

Have you seen the preview? Looks scary doesn’t it? Its not.

Mathieu Kassovitz has been given an outrageous budget, considering the content of the film, and he has squandered it on ridiculous computer graphic sequences. This detracts from the action taking place, to its detriment. The script lends itself so poorly to horror, that Kassovitz has spent most of his budget on cool little ‘camera flies through wall, around heads and through another wall’ sequences that distract the audience from the fact that they’re supposed to be scared. I think the tripod must have been broken on the first day because it seemed like every single shot was moving. The poor wretch working the steady cam must have exhausted.

This is just my opinion of course. The girl I saw it with jumped all over the place until the last half hour and then found the plot so predictable and the ending so so soooooo left open to possibility of a sequel that she lapsed into a state of semi-consciousness and began singing show tunes in her head. Her synopsis: Mostly scary but whoever wrote the dialogue needs to have something horrible done to them.

It’s really predictable. The building of suspense is good but so textbook (establishing shot, narrow field of vision so that audience cannot see where ghost is, build music, end with ghost jumping out with Da! Da! Da! noises playing) that it defeats itself. I’m also wondering why it’s so in vogue to have horrors about child ghosts. It works in The Sixth Sense (scary scary – vomiting tent girl ghost), Stir of Echoes, and The Ring, but this time it’s just silly.

Oh, and the ending has one of the biggest plot holes I’ve ever come across. The writer was on crack that day. Oh, and Robert Downey Jnr, prescribes excessive drug dosages, how ironic.

Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz
Hoyts, Reading

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