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Gothika [Blu-ray] [2004] [US Import] [2003]

Halle Berry , Penélope Cruz , Mathieu Kassovitz    Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton, John Carroll Lynch
  • Directors: Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Writers: Sebastian Gutierrez
  • Producers: Adam Kuhn, Don Carmody, Gary Ungar, Jefferson Richard, Joel Silver
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000U1ZV44
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,630 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The title of Gothika prepares you for a spooky, atmospheric thriller with an emphasis on supernatural mystery. The best way to appreciate the movie itself is to understand that it's a waking nightmare that needn't make sense in the realm of sanity. Making a flashy Hollywood debut after his superior 2000 thriller The Crimson Rivers, French actor-director Mathieu Kassovitz pours on the dark and stormy atmosphere, trapping a competent psychologist (Halle Berry) in the prison ward where she treated inmates (including Penelope Cruz) until she was committed for killing her husband (Charles S. Dutton), who was also her boss. Did a car crash cause her to suffer ghostly delusions, or is a young girl--dead for four years--sending clues from beyond the grave? Berry has to prove her innocence while Kassovitz keeps everything--including the viewer and costar Robert Downey Jr. (as Berry's colleague)--in the dark about just where the nonsensical plot is leading. There's a better movie in here somewhere, among the catwalks and crannies of the impressive prison-castle setting, and Berry gives 100% in a performance that's consistent with the movie's overwrought tone. Attentive viewers will identify the killer early on, and the ending is anticlimactic, but Gothika serves up a few good shocks for ghost-story connoisseurs. --Jeff Shannon


Gothika stars Halle Berry as Dr Miranda Grey, a psychiatrist who becomes a patient in her own mental hospital after she is accused of murdering her husband (Charles S. Dutton). Grey's only initial memory of the incident involves a chilling encounter with a distraught girl (Kathleen Mackey) on a rain-soaked road. The incarcerated and medicated Grey is now haunted by the same apparition, and she must convince her former colleague Pete Graham (Robert Downey Jr.) that she is not insane or guilty of murder. Meanwhile, the seemingly mad ramblings of Chloe (Penelope Cruz), one of Grey's former patients, now make more sense, and Grey must throw aside clinical logic to solve the supernatural murder mystery.
Kassovitz, who is already a capable actor (Amelie) and director (Crimson Rivers), makes the leap to Hollywood film-making with Gothika. Drawing from heavily from the Japanese horror renaissance that began with Ringu in the late 1990s, Kassovitz conjures up a forebodingly stark and shadowy tale. Berry continues her remarkable string of success (after her Oscar-winning role in Monster's Ball, along with Die Another Day and X-Men 2), portraying Grey as a traumatized and vulnerable yet determined woman who must unravel the brutal and bizarre knot of her own lost memory. As Grey's work colleague, Downey Jr. adds an intriguing element to the film, and Cruz, as a frustrated inmate, gives an unusual, quirky performance. A scare-laden thriller that delights in the strange and the frightening, Gothika proves to be one of the finest of 2003's many horror films.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Psychodrama embedded in horror movie 13 Dec 2006
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
As implied by its' name this is a dark, dark movie, but the impact comes from it being a psychodrama played out in grim claustrophobic sets in a mental institution bathed in a subtle foreboding blue grey light.

The real fascination of the plot is that Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) an outstanding psychiatrist working in a penal institute for the criminally insane is suddenly and for reasons she cannot understand finds herself incarcerated in the same institute, with inmates she has previously been responsible for.

Everything is seen from Miranda Grey's point of view and Halle Berry's fine acting draws you right into her character, her horror as she discovers first hand the problems her patients inmates from the their perspective.

Outstanding production values, fine direction and acting make this an intriguing view.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong supernatural non-shock horror 15 Dec 2006
There's a feeling among some people that for a horror to be effective there's got to be lots of shocks and plenty of blood and guts. The converse of this is the psychological thriller which can be just as unsettling and thought-provoking.

This is one of those. There's a supernatural edge to the psychological turmoil, and also at the centre is some real deceptions and personal tragedy due to relationships. In this, it is effective in being disturbing and chilling.

I think appreciation of this is whether you like this vein of cinema, because it is a well-paced plot with a good level of viewer deception and plot levels. Acting is great, and it's creatively told and shot. It also stands up to a further viewing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1 Nov 2011
Gothika is a dark, terrifying film that is set mainly in the confines of a mental institute, where the lead character, a top psychiatrist, battles to save her sanity and find out the truth about a mysterious girl that seems to be haunting her. Throughout the film, we are made to wonder if she is simply losing her mind or if the mysterious girl is actually trying to send her messages from beyond her grave.

Being set in a secure mental institute, some of the scenes brought about a sense of claustrophobia, which I think really upped the scare factor, especially when Miranda was being tormented by brief, flashing images of the girl. It also makes you wonder if there's really any way out for her, whether she will succomb to madness or the clutches of the girl.

The music, the suspense, the camera angles, the actors and the disjointed time-frames made this film one of the scariest films I've ever seen. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good psychological thriller.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
"Gothika" is one of those movies that is not as bad as you heard that it was although certainly it has some major problems. For one thing the movie tries so relentlessly to be eerie with all the spooky lighting and music that it threatens to be carried along by the style rather than the substance. Then there is the fact that we know that in the "real world" a prison psychiatrist is not going to end up in the same prison where they practiced if the world decides that they are insane. Doing so would mess up the treatment of every patient she had been working with, so we know that Halle Berry's Miranda Grey is there for a reason, which gets us thinking ahead of the plot and trying to figure out whodunnit. Is director Mathieu Kassovitz being so heavy handed that he is obvious or is he skillfully setting up a red herring? Good question. You can answer it for yourself after you see the film.
Miranda is a psychiatrist in a dark and dreary prison where we are introduced to her as she is working with patient Chloe Sava (Penelope Cruz). Miranda seems clinical and cool, if not cold. One of the other staff psychiatrists, Pete Graham (Robert Downey Jr.) seems interested in her, but she has recently wed her boss, Dr. Douglas Grey (Charles S. Dutton). That night, after taking a swim in the prison pool, she drives home during a thunderstorm and is forced to take a detour. The figure of a ghostly girl appears in the middle of the road and Miranda crashes her car. Miranda tries to help the girl, who looks like she has been the victim of something horrible, but then the girl bursts into flames. The next thing Miranda knows she wakes up a prisoner in her own institution where she is told by Pete that she has been accused of brutally murdering her husband with an axe. Miranda remembers nothing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am not a Halle Berry Fan 13 Aug 2008
I am not a Halle Berry Fan in fact I was not even going to watch it as I had bought the triple Identity / Gothika / House Of Nine ASIN: B000AYQJ6U but thought - why not .

I am man enough to admit that I made a mistake as Gothika was the best out of the Triple and Berry is not just a Bimbo and to be fair she was not all that Bad in Catwoman either.

I am not a huge fan of Horror/Thriller but this was one of the best.

minus points are - not enough of Bernard Hill
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Chiller I Have Seen In A Long Time 14 July 2005
Most chiller films I have watched recently have been pretty poor but Gothika certainly scores high on my list.
The atmosphere which is portrayed throughout the film is excellent and extremely nail biting and there are certainly some jump out of your seat moments.
The characters are very believable and the acting from both Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz was of top quality.
Definitely a film a I would recommend you to watch.
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Published 2 months ago by nadine
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a decent film
Was interesting then completely ruined by the manner in which you find out what is going on.
A film to appeal to those who require unsophisticated plots twists.
Published 3 months ago by Jaggy
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Despite a non-descript layout, this turned out to be a hair-raising thriller, where nothing is what it seems to be at first. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roope Saarinen
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark thriller
A brilliant dark thriller with a twist when the psychiatrist finds herself the patient with no recollection of how she got there. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOTHIKA
One of my favourite films, have watched it so many times and Halle Berry is fantastic in it. You have other good actors and actresses in the film too and I will never get tired of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lee Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
Have watched this many times on video so had to replace it with a DVD , very enjoyable film , recommended highly
Published 6 months ago by dee
1.0 out of 5 stars Locked in the loony bin
"Gothika" is one of those movies that does everything wrong. The ghost story is wrong. The murder mystery is wrong. Even the title is wrong. Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. A Solinas
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