Friday, November 12, 2010

Stigmata (1999)

Director: Rupert Wainwright

Staring: Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Pryce

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Messenger is Here

Plot: An ordinary young woman is affected by mysterious wounds called Stigmata. When a Catholic Priest comes to investigate the so called "miracle", he discovers this woman may be possessed by someone...or something...and a message originating from the time of Jesus Christ.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? Noop.

Here's a flick that doesn't go where you think it's going to...but it should. Too bad, too, 'cause I would've probably preferred it. It's not total shit but I found my interest waining often. Whenever Arquette experienced a stage of the stigmata, we're treated to loud sounds, screams, hyper-stylized film making. That's all fine and good but it's over the top and forced. And she doesn't get to experience the fifth and final stage that would kill her. They sure did talk about that stage enough. Show it, damn you! That this is a thriller/horror with the obligatory boss fight at the end just makes it even more typical. I liked the idea behind it but the execution fell short of being compelling.

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