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Lost Souls (2000)

A Catholic teacher meets an atheist journalist, whom a group of Catholics and priests believes has been chosen by the devil himself to be the Antichrist.

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Claire Van Owen
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Father James
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Father Lareaux
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John Townsend
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Father Frank Page
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Det. Mike Smythe
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Henry Birdson
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Mental Patient (as Robert Clenendin)
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Mr. Silberman
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Kleiman
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George Viznik
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Michael Kim 'Robert'
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A group of Catholics go to a mental institution to perform exorcism in the murderer George Viznik. Father Lareaux, Deacon John Townsend, Father Frank Pageand the teacher Maya Larkin, who was possessed and exorcised in the past, unsuccessfully try to exorcise the man and Father Lareaux is deeply affected and falls into a coma. Maya brings the Viznik's coded writings and after deciphering it, she concludes that the writer Peter Kelson might be the Antichrist to be incarnated by Satan. She seeks him out but the atheist Peter, who has been raised by his uncle Father James, does not believe in her. But when strange things happen to him, Peter meets Maya and they investigate together the chance to save his soul. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Danger Is Unknown. The Truth Will Terrify You. The Power Will Possess You. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for violence/terror and some language | See all certifications »

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13 October 2000 (USA)  »

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Almas perdidas  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,585 (Iceland) (15 October 2000)

Gross:

$16,779,636 (USA) (19 November 2000)
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Trivia

Janusz Kaminski's directorial debut. See more »

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The film opens with a caption purporting to be a Bible verse: "A man born of incest will become Satan. And the world as we know it will be no more. (Deuteronomy 17)" In fact, there is no such passage in any part of the Bible. See more »

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John Townsend: God will forgive me. The transformation is near.
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TIJUANA LADY
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Another millennial religious thriller which fails to ignite the screen
12 November 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

LOST SOULS is another religious thriller that came out at the turn of the millennium. There were loads of these made with titles such as BLESS THE CHILD, END OF DAYS, and STIGMATA, and truth be told not many of them are very good. As a rule they've dated quite badly since release like a lot of early 2000s films and most aren't worth bothering going back and watching, and I'm afraid to say that LOST SOULS is such a film. It's not totally bad but it's not very interesting either.

The main character in the movie is played by British actor Ben Chaplin who becomes involved with some exorcists and weird characters who follow him around. He soon learns that he's part of an age-old prophecy which is supposedly about to come true but being an atheist he's having none of it. A fine-looking Winona Ryder is the obsessive who follows him trying to convince him that the prophecy is indeed real.

For a horror film this is surprisingly limited in scope. There are a few clichéd scare sequences and various weird characters running amok. At least they don't go through all the old possession routines which is usual for a film like this. The problem with LOST SOULS is that it's such a boring production. The Catholic characters are lifeless and dull and actors like John Hurt fail to bring them to life. The writing is very ordinary and even shocking events fail to seem out of the ordinary. Director Janusz Kaminski has done some good work as cinematographer but he has little aptitude for directing as evinced here.


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