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Awesome: 2.13%
Worth A Look: 8.51%
Average: 6.38%
Pretty Bad: 23.4%
Total Crap59.57%

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Lost Souls
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Nothing slightly interesting, nor creepy about this dull dreck."
1 stars

I wouldn't exactly say I was anticipating "Lost Souls," but I was interested enough to want to see it. One supposes that it might have been a bad sign that this has been held back for about a year, and during the actual movie, its egregiousness really begins to show its real colors.

I think we've had enough devil movies over the past year, or absence of God movies --perfidy of characters, where the planet is thrown off by odd occurrences as in "Stigmata," "End of Days," "Dogma," "The Third Miracle," "The Ninth Gate," and "Bless the Child" just to name a few off the top of my head. It's really becoming an extremely banal and stolid subject to film, and the lassitude award-winning cinematographer-cum-director Janusz Kaminski approaches "Lost Souls" with exemplifies the lack of interest.

This deals with a young woman (Winona Ryder) who makes it her job to help an author (Ben Chaplin) who is the devil's incarnation or equivalent or Christ, try to escape it. Kind of like a very weak and unimaginative version and continuation of "Rosemary's Baby" 33 years later. The story is just very boring and plain --it covers no new ground and offers no new perspectives.

As far as I'm concerned with Kaminski, for someone who photographs such beautiful images (he won the Oscar for "Saving Private Ryan") he debuts as a director with an awfully ugly movie, all streaming lights, grainy, shadowy photography. The camera operates like a dog sniffing all the objects it can reach --a very annoying and unappealing gimmick.

All that "Lost Souls" adds up to is scattered logic. The movie isn't worth the time of day for discussion, because any angle it thinks its tackling has of lately become very cliché. Even if this would have been released earlier, the weak story wouldn't have held up and it would have come across just as dippy. There's no tense or frightening moments, nothing scary or creepy --it's a clunker. There's only a dragging story, additional manipulation of children in movies (for more, see "Beautiful"), and an overall lackadaisical malevolence in this. The only supernatural thing is how Kaminski chose this for his debut.

Ryder at least looked her best and most appealing since "Beetlejuice." Chaplin came off very unskilled and phony. He looked constantly as if he had no feeling in his mouth.

With John Hurt, Alfre Woodard, Elias Koteas and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Final Verdict: F.

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User Comments

10/25/12 L Guptill I was curious, who was the one transformed at the end? You couldn't really tell? 3 stars
12/21/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess Some good effecs, but mostly boring as ass 2 stars
2/01/07 AJ Muller The absolute worst thing any movie (especially a HORROR movie) can be - fucking boring. 1 stars
8/25/05 ES Lost in the shuffle, Mr. Weinberg's review sums it up 1 stars
7/21/04 Patjng pretty good, pretty dark movie to 4 stars
6/26/04 Edler An interesting attempt at a difficult subject. 3 stars
4/01/03 Jack Sommersby Palpably bad horror flick. Ugly to look at, painful to sit through. 1 stars
11/05/02 Charles Tatum Winona stole my heart 4 stars
1/14/02 Andrew Carden Disappointing Movie. Good Screenplay, but Not Scary and Very Stupid. 2 stars
1/06/02 Monday Morning As usual, it would have helped to have a little more tit. 2 stars
7/03/01 Fish Eye What is wrong with you fools? This was some scary shit!!! 4 stars
6/13/01 canuck I searched this out just so I could help deep six the reviews. I hated it that much. 1 stars
4/15/01 Jesse L Visually interesting; not bad at all; worth seeing 4 stars
3/09/01 mason e williams i've seen mexican z-grade horror films that are more watchable 1 stars
3/07/01 Socutejd The movie would have been better if they could have done something more then sit in the car 1 stars
2/13/01 Richard Wright The only things that are lost are the sanity of all that were involved in this rubbish. 1 stars
1/04/01 LESTAT Wonderful! One of the best genre movie! Really good scares! 5 stars
11/19/00 mesawyou worst movie I have EVER seen 1 stars
11/18/00 Mr. X This was a really bad movie. Watch "The X Files" instead. 1 stars
11/14/00 KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi Poor Winona. Why can't a big-name studio EVER give her the decent flick she DESERVES??? 1 stars
11/04/00 Rob why does almost every american movie suck? 1 stars
10/20/00 Stuntman Who the hell casted Winona Ryder in this bullshit? 1 stars
10/19/00 The End "I don't wanna turn into Satan! Waaaa...." Wasn't even good on acid. 1 stars
10/19/00 Satan Did I win? 2 stars
10/17/00 Dan A cut above 'Bless This Child', 'Ninth Gate' and 'End of Days', but still quite bland. 3 stars
10/17/00 Ground Zero Go watch or rent The Ninth Gate instead 1 stars
10/16/00 Pandora Horrendously dull, unoriginal plot, and bad acting, ridiculously anitclimatic ending 1 stars
10/03/99 Roman Not scary and not too exciting 2 stars
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  13-Oct-2000 (R)
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