Dr. Miranda Grey is one of the leading psychiatrists at a mental institute. One night, during a terrible storm, she drives home. When she wakes up, she finds herself locked in the very rooms where her patients stay. She has been accused of killing her husband, yet she has no memory of it. As she tries to discover what is going on, and she starts to see a ghost everywhere she goes she must discover the ghost’s hidden agenda and convince the other doctors of what is going on before she ends up in this hospital forever.
Miranda Grey is working with a patient, Chloe. Afterwards, she is getting ready to leave work when a terrible thunderstorm hits. As she is driving home, she has to take a detour. On this detour, she almost hits a young girl that is standing in the middle of the road. As she walks over to the girl, she discovers the girl is badly beaten and cut. The girl then grabs her and bursts into flames. Miranda wakes up a few days later and is trapped inside the mental institute. She tries to convince everyone that she’s not crazy, but her visions of this ghost girl makes others believe otherwise. Now, she must rely on this ghost girl to help her discover why she would have killed her husband and how she can escape the mental institute.
I had heard some mixed reviews on Gothika. Some people said it was good, while others didn’t. The movie starts out as if it’s going to be this big psychological film, however towards the end it just becomes somewhat of a mystery instead. Everything starts to get answered whereas I believe the filmmaker intended for us to think about this film. With this kind of direction, it’s hard to know what the director intended while filming this, or even if he knew what he wanted during the making of this film.
Gothika has a talented cast. Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton, and Penelope Cruz. However, that is not enough to save this film. Gothika does move along at a fairly decent pace, however it played as if the script were being written while it was being filmed. It also seemed as if the writers were watching The Ring and The Sixth Sense while they were writing this film. Overall, Gothika might be worth a rental if you have nothing else to see. I give it a 5 out of 10.