||DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1
When hearing that Halle Berry and Robert Downey Jr. were attached to star in
a horror thriller named “GOTHIKA,” many film lovers had to have to hope that
such a fine cast would only become involved with an intelligent film, something
that with the exception of “THE OTHERS” and “THE SIXTH SENSE” are far
too uncommon these days. Unfortunately, in spite of a few good thrills,
there’s very little “intelligent” about this film. Berry plays Miranda
Gray, a psychiatrist working in the mental ward of a maximum security prison. If
you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve pretty much seen the film! Almost right
after the film starts, she awakens to a nightmare! She’s found herself to be a
patient at the very same mental ward she used to be the professional at! Grab ya?
Not really, and it won’t grab most viewers. There needs to be some kind of
intelligent reasoning or twist to “explain” and “justify” various
incidents throughout the film, but they never arrive. Worse still, is that the
conclusion never answers the most gaping plot holes in recent cinema history.
Adding even more to the confusion is that one would expect that if the main
character was intelligent enough to become a psychiatrist, she could piece
things together a lot more easily than she does here! Again, there are some real
thrills, but more often than not, there are just annoying actions. WARNER BROS.
has preserved the film’s correct 1.77:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement.
While there are a few instances of grain, this is typically a wonderful
transfer. Colors are solid throughout and there’s excellent detail. Any
softness appears to have been intentional. Contrast is fine, and fleshtones(of
living beings) appear natural. WARNER BROS. has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1
mix and it’s aggressive! From the opening scene until the lackluster ending,
there’s nothing disappointing about the mix. There are plenty of atmospheric
and engrossing effects. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from
distortion. An audio commentary with the film’s director and cinematographer
is included. Unfortunately, neither appears to realize the film’s flaws. A
music video from Limp Bizkit doing a retooling of “BEHIND BLUE EYES” from
THE WHO, is offered. It features lead singer Fred Durst and Berry, and a well
publicized, overhyped kissing scene.