Ever feel like you’re going crazy? Think Robert Downey Jr. would be a great therapist? You might be surprised!
In Gothika Dr. Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) works in a psychiatric ward and life is as normal as it can be. Co-worker and friend Pete Graham (Robert Downey Jr.) is charming and flirtatious (despite Miranda being married to their boss, Doug played by Charles Dutton), her marriage is good, her patients are doing about as well as one could expect, and suddenly she finds that she can’t remember a full
night three days of events and she’s no longer a doctor, but a patient.
Stop. Rewind. The last set of events that Miranda can remember start on a stormy day. Her patient Chloe Sava (Penelope Cruz), is having nightmares again. This time more vivid and different from the experience she had when she was raped. Miranda tries to calm her down, but to no avail. After she sees Chloe, Miranda goes to her office to work on Chloe’s file, but the computer starts acting up when there’s a blip in the power due to the storm so she saves what she has and will continue the next day and goes to the pool to get some exercise in. She completes 55 laps, a personal best, and gets her keys from the security guard Joe (Michel Perron) and heads out the door. Pete catches up to her and frightens her while she puts her coat on and he shares his umbrella with her while he walks her to her car and they talk about his most recent date. On her way home the road is blocked by police cars due to a sinkhole. Sheriff Ryan (John Carroll Lynch) tells Miranda she can get around it by going across a bridge he sometimes fishes at with her husband, Doug and to tell Doug he says hi.
She calls Doug and while she goes across the bridge her phone cuts out and hangs up. She puts it down and when she looks back up she sees a woman standing in the middle of the road. Miranda puts her car in the ditch and gets out to help the woman, finding three deep slashes on her chest and offers to take her to the hospital, stating that she’s a doctor.
Miranda remembers up to walking out with Pete, but when he’s talking with her as her doctor she tells him nothing about the crash or the woman and mentions that she went home to her husband. Then she remembers the woman and everything is fuzzy to the point that she’s not sure what’s real and what’s not. Pete tells her that her husband is dead and she’s the one who killed him.
From that point on the movie takes deep psychological twists including suicide attempts, possessions, murder, and more. Miranda has to fight the entire time to get someone to even think she might have some sanity left. I had a feeling I knew who committed what crime, but there’s enough suspense in the movie that those who don’t look for the answer can enjoy and those who do look for the answer will still have some surprise. This movie has some great jump scares.
If you do not like mentions of suicide, cutting, blood, or rape this might not be the type of movie you’re looking for, but talk to a staff member at the library and we will be more than happy to help you find a movie to fit your tastes.
Heather: This is a movie I’d been wanting to watch for a while and I’m really glad I finally got around to it. I don’t usually try to figure out who did what, but this was one I really got into and if you like horror movies or thrillers I recommend this movie.