Inception Media Group – 2013
Directed by Brett Donowho
Written by Colet Abedi
What starts with a couple visually impressive skyline shots of Dallas, Chicago and a beautiful aerial city shot, quickly gets deflated by an overwritten script.
A man named Noah (Ian Bohen), soon to be married, falls into a coma after his doctor gives him a combination of vaccines in preparation for his honeymoon. While recovering in the hospital, he’s visited by a dark man (Steven Schub), who talks too much, telling Noah that he’s going to have to kill five people to atone for his mistakes in life or else he’ll kill him.
Instead of fighting against acting out the devilish man’s request, Noah goes ahead and does it without the slightest bit of hesitation (no suspense) to the consequences it has to not only the story but the reaction the audience will hold against him.
What I mean specifically is that we (the audience) won’t feel any compassion for the lead character, because he doesn’t even struggle to stand up for what’s right. This goes not only against basic human behavior but the character.
It is choices like this and the dialogue that is always right on the head (lacking subtly) that dooms this film. It’s the writer’s fault for not working harder and the director for not noticing that it wasn’t working on the screen.
The movie does have some nice visual moments like the high shot looking down at rain falling onto umbrellas (almost out of one of the Resident Evil films) and some moments where the people Noah kills come back to attack him.
Allison McAtee is miscast as a police officer. You know the moment she appears with too many buttons undone on her shirt and over glossed lips, she will be in bed with Sam (Steve Bacic) and as is expected, they go at it moments later. That fact that he would do this so quickly after playing Russian roulette with a handgun because of the loss of his daughter, seems to go against the situation of the character.
McAtee is way too soft to come across as a police officer. In every scene, she is following, instead of leading the conversation, which I think doesn’t make sense either. A cop would take charge. Plus she doesn’t ever convey the body language or speaking voice to combat this either.
5 Souls does come with a Trailer and the overall look of the movie is clean with pretty strong production values.