"Whip me, puncture me, nail me to a cross. Sounds like S&M..."
This movie is neither scary nor controversial, discuss.
Hell, it wasn't much of anything. Gabriel Byrne, what happened to you? Patricia Arquette... Go see a plastic surgeon, now! And whoever wrote this thing... It WASN'T as deep as you had hoped it to be. Coming from a "recovering Christian", I could've taught you a thing or two.Whoever came up with the trailer for this movie had to be a goddamned genius. They need to work on whatever movies are a total piece of crap so that the general public will feel enticed to go see them. Because... That's how I felt. When I saw the trailer for "Stigmata," I thought, "Oooh. That looks kinda scary and sharp."
Somewhere someone said that "Stigmata" was like one long music video. I have to agree with that statement. There were a lot of pretty pictures, but nothing driving it. I felt no zing, no controversy, nothing. Granted, it ended up showing how corrupt churches can (and will) be, when all was said and done, I felt nothing. Going to Christian school for 7 years was more shocking and frightening than two hours in this movie could ever be.
Let me rewind a tad. Patricia Arquette plays a usual urban "trendy beast" where she lives her day to day existence not thinking of much anything aside from her job, who she's currently sleeping with, "unwinding" on work nights and being as fasionable as possible. Her mom is vacation-hopping over in Italy (or some foreign country, I didn't pay too much attention to this junk) where some little kid sells her a rosary that he ripped off from a dead priest (niiiiiiice). She, in turn, sends it to her daughter (the aforementioned Arquette). Said daughter starts getting creepy visions, marks, stab wounds, blah blah blah as soon after she touches it.
Gabriel Byrne comes into her life as a... Priest Detective, if you will. He investigates all the little oddities that may or may not have to do with religion that may or may not be authentic.
Then all hell breaks loose and "wacky hilarity" ensues. All in all, it was a little interesting to watch someone's interpretation of all things holy.If you're looking for something that's going to thrill you, grab you by your neck and show you the light... This ain't it.