The concept of multiple personality disorders is an interesting but frightening one. I’m not sure why, but the idea that someone might have multiple ‘people’ living inside of them is terrifying to me. I guess it freaks me out because you never know who you would really be speaking to if that was the case. So, when 6 SOULS came around, I knew it was going to be a film I had to check out. I’m glad I did, too…not only is this movie a heck of a thrill-ride, but it’s also smartly written and very entertaining.
If you are not familiar with 6 SOULS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay:
After the death of her husband, Dr. Cara Harding’s (Julianne Moore) faith in God has been shaken, but not her belief in science. In an attempt to open her up to accepting unexplainable psychiatric theories, her father introduces her to Adam, (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) a patient with multiple personalities who takes on some of the physical characteristics of his other personalities. But, Cara quickly discovers that Adam’s other personalities are murder victims and the more she finds out about him and his past, the closer she and her loved ones are to becoming murder victims themselves.
The whole air of this movie just screams ‘creepy’. Of course, mental health is almost a completely different world in itself, so the sense of foreboding is probably pretty justified. That backdrop combined with the premise of the film set the stage for a staggering horror jaunt that will haunt you long after the credits roll.
One major aspect of the terror contained within 6 SOULS is the acting. Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the role of a lifetime. Each time a new persona takes over his body, Rhys Meyers goes into a fit of sorts, contorting his body into impossible positions as the ‘person’ struggles to the top of the body. Then, once the persona is in place, Rhys Meyers does an impeccable job of portraying him or her. From a crippled, back-woods mountain boy to an elderly doctor and more, this role offers the actor the chance to shine and show his immense diversity of talent. Julianne Moore is also noteworthy as the doctor; I’ve enjoyed seeing her on-screen for many years, and I hope she continues to make films for many more.
The film is shot well and pacing is nice, but the story itself is where it shines. The audience is given just enough information as the film progresses to stay in-touch with what is going on, and this helps to create an intense and thrilling atmosphere. Then, as the puzzle comes together towards the end, the film grabs the audience in a choke-hold and doesn’t let go. The result is a fine horror flick that any genre fan should be happy to own.
6 SOULS is a definite win for me and I recommend giving it a look. There’s not really any gore, but there’s plenty of intensity; I might even say this is a perfect date movie if you are looking to scare your significant other without grossing them out. Regardless of who you’re with when you watch it, check this film out for sure.