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Columbia Pictures, 2003, Rated R, 1 hr. 35 min.

In this film, criminal psychologist Dr. Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) works at the Woodward Penitentiary for Women with her husband Dr. Douglas Grey (Charles S. Dutton), who is the director of the facility. 

 While driving home one rainy night, Miranda has an encounter with a mysterious young woman. Next we see her, Miranda is a prisoner in the Penitentiary, accused of murdering her husband. Miranda must piece together what happened to those hours she cannot remember and figure out who killed her husband and why.

This is a good movie with lots of plot twists (however unbelievable they may be) and a strong cast. It kept me guessing and engaged the whole time. It could have been a stronger movie if they simply would have made the little things just it a little more believable, which would not have diminished the plot or feel of the movie at all. For example, it takes place mostly in the Penitentiary but apparently only five people are employed there and the lights never work.

I think Halle Berry is just stunning, and even with little make-up and a startled expression on her face throughout this move, she remains stunning and captivating. Without her this movie would not be as watchable as it is.

Penélope Cruz plays Chloe Sava, a prisoner of the Penitentiary who slit the throat of her stepfather who molested her. I haven't been thrilled by Cruz's performances in the past, but I liked her in this role. She brought vulnerability and real emotion to her performance.

Douglas (Dutton) and Pete (Downey)
Douglas (Dutton) and Pete (Downey) 

Miranda (Berry) gets a fright
Miranda (Berry) gets a fright

Miranda (Berry)
 Miranda (Berry)

Miranda (Berry) and Pete (Downey)
Miranda (Berry) and Pete (Downey)

Chloe (Cruz) and Miranda (Berry)
Chloe (Cruz) and Miranda (Berry)

Robert Downey Jr. plays Pete Graham, a psychologist at the Penitentiary. He also played his role perfectly, almost manically, leaving you guessing whether he's a good guy or a bad guy.

Gothika has a few Hollywood A-list producers behind it, including Joel Silver from The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, Robert Zemeckis from Ghost Ship.

The DVD special features include:

  • Commentary by the Directory and the Director of Photography
  • Behind Blue Eyes music video by Limp Bizkit
  • English, French, and Spanish subtitles

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Columbia Pictures






95 Minutes







Actor / Actress


Halle Berry

Miranda Grey

Robert Downey Jr.

Pete Graham

Charles S. Dutton

Dr. Douglas Grey

John Carroll Lynch

Sheriff Ryan

Bernard Hill

Phil Parsons

Penélope Cruz

Chloe Sava

Dorian Harewood

Teddy Howard

Bronwen Mantel




Mathieu Kassovitz


L. Levin


Susan Levin


Joel Silver


Robert Zemeckis



Reviewed by: Hauntmistress 6/28/2004


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