Blu-ray Review: Julianne Moore Can’t Save ‘6 Souls’

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CHICAGO – From the writer of “Identity” comes the misguided “6 Souls,” a film known as “Shelter” when it was originally scheduled for release back in 2010 and now basically getting a straight-to-Blu-ray release after a dismal worldwide gross of under $1 million. Fans of the great Julianne Moore may be curious. You can still love Julianne Moore and not feel the need to see “6 Souls.” Trust me. Blu-ray rating: 1.5/5.0
Rating: 1.5/5.0

Moore plays a shrink skeptical of the entire concept of multiple personality disorder who’s brought in to deal with the truly fascinating case of a man (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who seems to be possessed anew every time he takes on one his personalities. As she investigates deeper, she realizes that his personalities are actually murder victims. Is he stealing their identities or has he been possessed by their souls?

The first problem with “6 Souls” comes in the wildly different acting styles brought to the one-on-one scenes by the two leads. Moore goes typically subtle and Rhys-Meyers is over-the-top in a way only the man cast as NBC’s “Dracula” could be. The odd oil-and-water conflict of these scenes is nothing compared to the second half of the film, in which the plot gets so ridiculous that “Identity” makes perfect, logical sense by comparison. Not thrilling, scary, or dramatic, “6 Souls” is one of those films without a genre. And pretty much without a release.

6 Souls was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 2, 2013
6 Souls was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 2, 2013
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After the death of her husband, Dr. Cara Harding’s (Julianne Moore) faith in God has been shaken, but not her belief in science. In an attempt to open her up to accepting unexplainable psychiatric theories, her father introduces her to Adam, (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) a patient with multiple personalities who takes on some of the physical characteristics of his other personalities. But, Cara quickly discovers that Adam’s other personalities are murder victims and the more she finds out about him and his past, the closer she and her loved ones are to becoming murder victims themselves.

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“6 Souls” stars Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 2, 2013. content director Brian Tallerico

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