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(2003), R -- ...not a story with which the uninformed and unarmored should mess.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Dark Castle Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Warner Bros.
Distribution (US): Warner Bros.
Director(s): Mathieu Kassovitz
Producer(s): Don Carmody, Melina Kevorkian, L. Levin, Susan Levin, Richard Mirisch, Steve Richards, Joel Silver, Gary Ungar, Robert Zemeckis, Jefferson Richard
Written by/Screenplay: Sebastian Gutierrez
Cinematography/Camera: Matthew Libatique
Music: John Ottman
Film Editing: Yannick Kergoat
Casting: Andrea Kenyon, Marci Liroff
Production Design: Graham 'Grace' Walker
Art Direction: Isabelle Guay
In Gothika, Halle Berry shows us she is not just a pretty face but has talent, intelligence and skill. Too bad it is an R-rated feature. Berry did what the role required. I suspect she is capable of more but she did a good job with what she had to work with -- a standard horror flick.
Dr. Miranda Grey (Halle Berry), a staff psychiatrist at Woodward Penitentiary hospital for criminally insane women in Connecticut becomes what may, by this movie, be the predecessor for a crusader to avenge they who are victimized or killed by unholy agents.
After one of Miranda's infuriating sessions with patient Chloe Sava (Penelope Cruz), a woman who insists she has repeatedly been raped by Satan, Miranda had to take a detour home due to a huge storm-induced sink hole in the highway. Miranda was on her way home to her husband, Dr. Doug Grey (Charles Dutton), the director of the Woodward Penitentiary. In her path to get out of the hospital was Dr. Pete Graham (Robert Downey Jr.), one of the leading psychiatrists on the Woodward staff. Just so you'll know, a psychologist has a degree in psychology but a psychiatrist is also a medical doctor. Graham was one of the best. He was also one who had adulterous interests in Miranda.
On the detour in the rainstorm, Miranda nearly crushed young Rachel Parsons (Kathleen Mackey) who has been dead for four years, standing in the middle of the road just after an old wooden bridge. (No, Rachel wasn't sitting on a huge black horse holding a flaming jack-o-lantern.) After extricating herself from her mostly wrecked car, Miranda tried to help Rachel but got something unexpected for her efforts. In a flash of unholy flame, Miranda received from Rachel a possession, a spiritual possession.
Next we see Miranda jailed in her own hospital. She remembers nothing after nearly hitting the young lady but has been convicted of murdering her husband, Doug ... with an axe. Her torment increases with each new manifestation of the evil possession in her. Miranda's life slowly becomes a bitter and violent nightmare from which she cannot awaken.
I cannot afford the time to build the summary of the plot any further. Please trust that it is not a story with which the uninformed and unarmored should mess. There is not one holy thing about it. Indeed, there is nothing of Phil. 4:8 to be found in Gothika. It would be ill-advised to honor such as entertainment and to find pleasure in it [2 Tim. 3:1 - 2].
Though bad enough, the use of foul language was not as severe as was expected but unholy matters saturate this film. Sexually, this film was vile with scenes of many women taking a shower in prison, scenes of sadomasochistic torture and murder and other issues of sexual immorality [1Ths. 4:2-5]. Violence was as plentiful as salt on popcorn [Ps. 147:6]. the Findings/Scoring section provides an itemization of the findings.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|