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Running Time:
103 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for violence, brief language and nudity

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A pseudo-thriller that's loaded with atmosphere and a few cheap shocks, but it's mostly disappointing.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Commentary by director Mathieu Kassovitz and director of photography Matthew Libatique; Limp Bizkit behind Blue Eyes music video.

Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) is a brilliant psychiatrist at a women's mental health facility in Connecticut. Her boss is also her husband (Charles Dutton). Her most interesting patient, Chloe Sava (Penelope Cruz), talks of being haunted by the devil, leading Miranda to decide that she may be losing her grasp on reality. Then one night on her way home from work, she comes across a girl in the middle of the street who appears to be troubled, and somewhat deranged. When she stops to assist her, the girl bursts into flame and Miranda blacks out. When she wakes up, she finds herself inside a cell in the mental hospital. Her husband has been brutally murdered with an axe and all the evidence points to her. Robert Downey Jr is Pete Graham, the doctor, who always been enfatuated with her and is now charged with her care. It's at this point that the film, directed by Mathieu Kassovitz turns bizarre. It's creepy, and psychologically troubling and although the scare tactics used throughout are generally mild, they occasionally will actually make you jump in your seat. The atmosphere, which has been created using a palette of muted grays, browns and blues keeps things murky and mysterious throughout. The acting goes from average to good, but not much more. Halle Berry isn't completely convincing as the troubled Miranda. Her performance is acceptable enough to keep you interested most of the time, Robert Downey Jr is good as Miranda's doctor and PenÚlope Cruz is fine as the crazed mental patient. This is not your typical slasher horror flick, but it will make you think, but probably about why you are watching.

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