Written by: Paula Limbaugh
Directed by: Mans Marlind, Bjorn Stein
Cast: Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeffrey DeMunn
Cara Harding (Moore) a religious woman is a psychiatric doctor who has recently lost her husband. Her father (DeMunn) is also a doctor and is trying to get Cara back on track with her life. He introduces her to a hard-core patient of his that suffers from multiple personalities. At first Adam (Meyers) comes across as just a man with a problem, but as Cara begins working with him, Adam becomes quite intense.
As different personalities emerge, Adam goes through hair-raising changes. Slowly Cara begins to check into the different personalities stories and realizes they are all murder victims. The more she digs, the more she sees how all of these different victims tie into her family’s very lives. Fighting against the occult influences, Cara with the help of her father must find answers before one them becomes the next victim.
There is an eerie creepy feeling throughout the movie. Not so much a ‘make you jump’ movie, but more a deep seated feeling of nothing good is going to come. The movie has a slow start while the foundation is being laid, but do pay attention as this is what brings everything together. Julianne Moore, as always is stellar in her role and Jonathan Rhys Meyers brings so much emotion to each of his alter-egos that you’ll find yourself tensing up while waiting for who’s to emerge next. Jeffrey DeMunn (The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption) also gives a solid performance.
I find it a bit strange that although filmed in the US, the film under the name Shelter opened in Japan in 2010. From there it made its way across Europe and the other continents before hitting the US market with the name change in 2013. I think this is one of those film that you are either going to love it or hate it, I for one really enjoyed it. There is a bit of confusion as the film tries for some “in your face” effects towards the end, I’m not sure why they tried to change it up at that point; but the subtle undercurrent of horror and the twist at the end made it worth the watch. No, it’s not an Academy Award winner, but it is a good solid view. View the trailer here.