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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Jaeger is great as the leading woman, but it's tedious, badly written, and the twist is too too clever

Author: secondtake from United States
27 November 2012

Solitary (2011)

The lead actress here, Amber Jaeger, might be the only real acting talent in this fairly small cast. But she's really good, as she was in he husband's recent movie, "Take Me Home." In a way this is a suburban middle class version of the Ashley Judd look at insanity, "Bug." And like "Bug," this recent movie is low budget and deeply flawed.

And there is also a huge twist near the end that is very clever, and you can see a much better movie in it all by rearranging the clues to the twist so the audience can build some expectation. I can't say more without ruining that part of it, but I can point out the obvious that any viewer will discover in short time--the movie is slow, redundant, and confusing. It's highly improbable (or so it seems). If it had been even more improbable, so that you didn't just think it was bad writing in a bad movie, you'd start to wonder why it was improbable, what kind of weird "Memento" like trick is at work.

No such luck. Instead we have to see Jaeger's fighting her mind, and her fear of open spaces, and ignore the weird facts. Once you realize what is really happening (in the last ten minutes) you'll wonder why the whole movie couldn't have been an extraordinary mind trip, a fanciful game of invention and imagination. But that would make sense (like it does, in a weirdly parallel way, in the Robin Williams romance, "What Dreams May Come").

This is an indie production made in 2009, but in one of the common and frustrating aspects of that world, it sometimes takes really long to find a distributor, and so it's out in 2011. The director, Greg Derochie, is a special effects guy from Hollywood (everyone wants to be a director, you see), and in a huge irony, the special effects here are clunky. (I'm going to guess he didn't transfer to a low budget world very well.)

Anyway, I love movies, and I rarely say this, but unless you're an Amber Jaeger fan (there must be several of us in the country--we'll see more of her), I'd skip it.

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

A great movie about Agoraphobia

Author: lionman13 from United States
15 April 2011

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This movie had all the makings of another cheap low budget thriller, but it was much more than that. The acting was spot on, and draws the viewer into the mystery. Leading star Amber Jaeger is suffering from Agoraphobia, and her husband comes up missing. She has a vulnerable sexiness that keeps you on you hills the whole movie. There are police officers, a shrink, and an estranged sister in the picture that could be in on a plot against her. Even though it becomes evident from the start that the the husband may be dead or playing a trick on her, there are still some twists and turns that make for an interesting watch. If you are the emotional viewer get the tissue ready for this ending, because it packs a punch. This may be one of the better "artsy" films have seen in awhile.

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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Totally Unique and Fascinating

Author: rbirge-1 from Coventry, CT, USA
13 May 2012

This is not a great film, but it is far, far better than the 5 average it has received. It is a mystery with a bit of science fiction added, and I suspect it is the science fiction part that is bothering some of the viewers. But even if you hate science fiction, you should give this movie a view because it will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Who is good and who is evil? You will not know until the very end, and the ending will be nothing like you have seen before. You will be left breathless and it will make you think. The acting is very good, and the timing and discontinuities are very well designed to keep you guessing. Don't miss this movie if you have a chance to see it.

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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

I was more than amazed . . .

Author: charles000 from United States
25 April 2012

This was really a surprise, a film I had not really heard about, but just took a bit of a chance with it, not knowing what to expect.

I was more than amazed . . . certainly one the most original concepts for a story I've seen yet in a film, and incredibly well delivered via Amber Jaeger's character.

This is probably her best work, at least that I know of, and a bit of a risky role to experiment with, but she pulls it off about as perfectly as could possibly be done in the context of the story.

I'm not even going to give a hint at what eventually evolves out of this story as it unfolds . . . you'll just have to sit down and absorb this yourself. This is not an "action" thriller by any stretch of the imagination, but it is absolutely thought provoking.

I'm not even sure if there is anything I would try to compare this to, but no worries. I doubt you'll be disappointed . . . definitely 10 stars, and then some.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

I did NOT see this one coming!

Author: HpyCmpr155 from United States
31 July 2013

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Wow.... I just happened across this yesterday on the Direct TV channel "Chlller" and I thought.....Oh Ho hum another boring movie to fill in two hours..." This one blew me away. I did NOT see the surreal twist at the end coming and it was totally off the charts. It was confusing and convoluted and you actually had to follow the plot......but they payoff at the end was well worth it. It left you scratching your head and wondering what was real and what wasn't...and what you would do if you were faced with that same situation...Locked doors, empty rooms and frightening scenarios from beginning to end. My biggest complaint about the movie?? The title does NOT do it justice. It needs a better title, a hook that will catch your attention. This one is worth watching, paying attention to and will leave you wondering what is real and what's not.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Absolute worst movie I have seen this decade

Author: mdraper-861-646251 from Roanoke Rapids, NC USA
24 August 2015

I spent 2 hours trying to make sense out of a story that made no sense. It misleads the viewer over and over again and makes the characters look as stupid as it makes the viewer feel. It is poor science fiction but is not labeled science fiction up front. The director helped write the story so I understand why he was involved in the making of it. What Ican't understand is how he found some apparently talented people to work on it. I was left with the feeling that I had wasted my time and that there must be more to the story. I want to say something good about the movie. I guess the actors did a good job with what they had to work with and it was free (with my satellite TV package.) If you are not a science fiction fan, skip this one.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

This was awful

Author: John Beck
27 July 2015

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I guess I couldn't say much without adding a spoiler warning - so ... I don't know how many movies they can do and keep spinning off The Sixth Sense plot twist crud. I am SO over The Sixth Sense. I want to watch real movies about feasible characters with real plots that can happen in real life. These type of "we're going to play with your head and warp reality" movies are a cheap, untalented way of producing a product. I also think they are bad for people's mental health: If people want to have their head mucked up, watch this nonsense.

**I'd also recommend that anyone who has recently lost someone or is in a depressive state stay away from this movie.**

Other than that, I'm sorry I wasted two hours of my life on it. There should be some type of warning on films like these - the synopsis is - for instance - a LIE. This isn't really about a doctor treating a woman with agoraphobia.It's a series of made up illusions that have to do with a woman in a coma who lost her husband. It's way beyond the realms of reality. I don't even know what flipping genre it falls into; but they should have a particular genre for this type of Sixth Sense movie so those of us who hate it can avoid watching it. The whole "surprise" factor turned into "who gives a rat's bum?" for me a long time ago.

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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Based on A Short Story

Author: robertllr from Crozet, VA
27 December 2012

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This film belongs--more or less--to the genre of the, "I'm already dead" film; probably the most well-known of which would be "The Sixth Sense." (See my review of "Donnie Darko" for a fuller list of moves that use this device.) What makes this movie a bit different, is that our protagonist is not exactly dead--she's in a coma, fantasizing her entire life and it's seemingly inexplicable oddities and terrors. Moreover, her psychiatrist in her fantasy is in reality the doctor presiding over her life support. The movie goes in for a bit of sci-fi, in that the doctor has some kind of techie wizardry that allows him to witness and participate in the patient's subconscious. The point of this "mind reading" is for the doctor to bring the patient to an understanding of her situation, so that she can choose either to stay on life support and live a dream life for the rest of her biological existence, or to die and move on. The rationality here is that it is the patient--not her loved ones--making the choice.

Sort of cool. But it's a dead steal from a science fiction story written at least 40 years ago, which used this exact same idea. The film makers could easily be sued for plagiarism if the original writer ever found out about the existence of this film. I don't remember the name of the story or it's author or even whether I read it in a magazine or a book all those years ago. But it just goes to show there is nothing new under the sun.

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5 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Total waste of time

Author: flmovie
24 June 2012

I watched this movie based on the reviews from IMDb. I totally disagree with most of the reviews I have read. This basically B movie trying to give you a psychiatric drama. What you actually get is bad acting. The production value is less than that of a made for TV movie on one of the low end cable networks. The film really only has 2 main characters the woman trying to figure things out and her psychologist. Almost everything takes place in her house. The plot is pointless it doesn't make you want to watch it to find out what is really going on. I am sorry for rambling but they force you to write 10 lines if it the movies is a waste. The out come of this movie is that it makes you feel angry that you wasted your time watching it. Do yourself a favor and skip this movie.

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