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Robert Downey Jr.,
An author who returns to his hometown to deliver a commencement address to a class of graduating high school students has to deal with his feelings for an old flame as well as the advances of a student who has the hots for him.
A small group of Catholics led by an ailing priest believe that Satan intends to become man, just as God did in the person of Jesus. The writings of a possessed mental patient lead them to Peter Kelson, a writer who studies serial killers. They think it's his body Satan will occupy. The youngest in the group, a teacher named Maya Larkin, goes to Peter to investigate further and to convince him to believe in the possibility of Evil incarnate. Other signs come to him as he and Maya them take a journey full of strange occurrences, self-discovery, and an ultimate showdown. Written by
The film was initially supposed to be released in October 1999. Its trailer was in theaters in Summer 1999. However, due to a flood of "End of the World" movies coming out at the exact same time (End of Days (1999), Stigmata (1999), etc...), the decision was made to delay the film. Its new date was 4 February 2000. However, that date was canceled after the very popular "Scream" franchise staked out that date for Scream 3 (2000). The final release date of 13 October 2000, was finally decided upon, which also happened to be the same exact day as the re-release of The Exorcist (1973). See more »
The thumb visible in the close-up of the scene in which Peter is preparing a fishing bait isn't his. See more »
Enjoyable work from Winona Ryder, as usual, but in her most unsmiling role I've yet seen, as an ex-demoniac hot on the trail of the Antichrist. (This flick proposes the "adoptionist" theory: that the Antichrist wasn't--or won't be--born that way, but will be "adopted" as such.) Directorial debut of Janusz Kaminski, frequent cinematographer for Stephen Spielberg, "Lost Souls" has a dark, spooky, almost monochrome noir look that's quite well-done, in addition to being appropriate to the subject matter. Though not laden with, or reliant on, special effects, the story is utterly familiar and ends in an anticlimax that one supposes is meant to be ambiguous: did she imagine/ hallucinate the whole thing? No, she didn't; couldn't have, since other characters also had experiences apart from hers. That makes the ending totally inconsistent with with the rest of the flick, which had it that the budding Antichrist couldn't be harmed with a gun or a knife. So, what? Was she using silver bullets?
Like "The Ninth Gate," this is a waste of a talented director and a talented star in a well-made film of an absolutely inconsequential story. But then, I knew I was in trouble from the opening frame, which features onscreen a TOTALLY FICTITIOUS quote from Deuteronomy, "Book 17"!
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