Summary: Decent performances, good cinematography and a solid tone can’t help save what is otherwise a pretty mediocre script. Anchor Bay offers the movie up in great shape on Blu-ray but devoid of any extras of note. If you’re a hardcore Moore or Rhys Meyers fans you’ll probably find this passably entertaining but otherwise, this is pretty mediocre and never quite reaches its full potential.
Conclusion: There's certainly far worse out there in the cinema wild than 6 Souls , but it's exactly the sort of film destined to be forgotten rather quickly. Decent establishing story ideas and professional acting can't save it from a slow descent into the nonsensical in the second and third acts. The name change and the lengthy time between its 2008 shoot and 2013 release should say pretty much everything viewers need to know going in.
Conclusion: You can probably get close to the halfway point of 6 Souls before you stop questioning the film's near-universal assault by critics. This multiple personality thriller sets up a decent premise and has a cast that should be equipped to make it work, but it demands you accept far too many illogical turns to be satisfied in the end.
Conclusion: 6 Souls at a shorter length may have been a great under the radar thriller. As it is, it’s a solid rental with a good presentation. There’s no bonus material to dig deeper into this and the disorders it’s based on. This one could have used a featurette or commentary track with a forensic psychologist discussing these sorts of things. Or maybe you get the writer discussing the research with which he used to come up with this idea.
Conclusion: Even with a stellar cast, including Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Frances Conroy, this movie just cannot be saved. Keeping this on a shelf for the last three years was a good idea, it should have been left there indefinitely. The script and execution of the production ultimately killed this, as the filmmakers only wanted to shock us with surprises rather than entertain us. The video is sub-par with no extras. You can skip this one and never look back.
Excerpt: In 6 Souls , directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein waste little time in setting their protagonist, Cara Harding (Julianne Moore), up for a moral and spiritual reckoning. A forensic psychiatrist, she displays a bit too much relish in declaring a death-row inmate fit for execution. A moment later, Cara is wildly over-tipping a bartender so he'll keep the joint open and ply her with shots of tequila as she watches a newscast announcing the inmate's execution.