Gothika
R
Entertainment: +1 1/2
Acceptability: -2 1/2

In this suspense/horror thriller, Dr. Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) is a brilliant and respected criminal psychologist. She is an expert in knowing what is rational, what is logical and what is sane. Under the direction of her husband (Charles Dutton), who is the chief administrator of the psychiatric ward at the Woodward Penitentiary for Women, Miranda treats dangerously disturbed patients like Chloe (Penelope Cruz) who claims she is being raped by the devil. Mirandas comfortable marriage and stable life are thrust into terrifying jeopardy after her cryptic encounter with this mysterious young girl leads to a nightmare beyond her wildest imagination. When Miranda awakens from the horrific incident, she is shocked to discover that her husband has been murdered and that the bloody evidence points directly to her. She begins to lose the respect of coworkers like Dr. Pete Graham (Robert Downey Jr.).

This disturbing film is filled with gruesome many implied images of murder, dismemberment and ghost-like creatures. Early in the story, a girl tells of her experience of having sex with the devil. The spirit of a dead girl visits a woman in order to avenge her death and nearly kills her by violently throwing her against a wall. There are a couple scenes of brief nudity: once in a group shower and another when a woman is chained to a bed, apparently having been tortured. One message of the story is that feelings are sometimes more important that what is logical and rational. Those who appear to be insane are presented, not as being insane, but rather as simply having a different experience than others. Gothikas treatment of the paranormal, nudity, violence and bad language clearly eliminates it from a Preview recommendation.

Preview Reviewer: Alan Boyer
Distributor: Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures

Summary
Crude Language: once mild (damn)
Obscene Language: several (5) times strong (f-word 1, s-word 4)
Profanity: once strong (GD 1)
Violence: Several scenes of violence are suggested but not directly shown moderate (blood splashes on a window, car goes off road and hits tree, woman is attacked by a ghost-like creature several times, scene goes dark when man is about to be hit with ax, a woman falls from about 10 feet onto concrete)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Few moderate (shower scene covered by camera angles and shadows, woman in panties and no top chained to bed with blood on her)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few strong (a girl tells of her experience of having sex with the devil)
Drug Abuse: Few mild (drugs are overused in hospital)
Other: None
Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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