A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that 6 Souls (also known as Shelter) is a supernatural horror film with some scary imagery, such as a character's neck bending to an impossible angle and a young girl in danger. There's also gore, including bloody dead bodies (some of which are children) and crime scene photos. The main character is religious, and the movie suggests that people who lose their faith will be severely punished. Language includes several uses of "God," "Jesus Christ" and "hell," sometimes used in a religious context, as well as "s--t" and one use of "f--k." Some of the main characters are shown drinking, but not to excess and not often.
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What's the story?
Forensic psychiatrist Cara Harding (Julianne Moore) gets a call from her psychiatrist father (Jeffrey DeMunn) asking her to take a look at one of his patients, a man with a multiple personality disorder (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). After spending some time with the man -- who goes by several names -- she starts to realize that some of his personalities are real-life murder victims ... and that the man knows a little too much about them. Could he have witnessed a murder as a child, or is something far more sinister going on? Meanwhile, several people in Cara's life, including her daughter (Brooklynn Proulx), seem to have developed terrible coughs and strange sores on their backs. Can she solve the mystery before it's too late?
Is it any good?
If not for the presence of the extraordinary Moore, this film wouldn't be worthy of any attention at all. Swedish filmmakers Bjorn Stein and Mans Marlind, who made the interesting Storm in their home country, came to Hollywood to make 6 SOULS (originally called Shelter). The confusing, lackluster result languished so long on the shelf that their next movie, the equally lackluster Underworld: Awakening opened in theaters first. 6 Souls is a perfect example of too little, too late.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about 6 Souls' violence. Is it necessary to the story that the young girl be put in peril? Could the same story have been told another way?
Does the movie encourage faith, spirituality, or religion? Why or why not?
Is Cara a role model? Do you think she's intended to be?
- In theaters: April 5, 2013
- On DVD or streaming: July 2, 2013
- Cast: Frances Conroy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Julianne Moore
- Directors: Bjorn Stein, Mans Marlind
- Studios: Radius TWC, Weinstein Co.
- Genre: Horror
- Run time: 112 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: violent content, disturbing images and terror
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