A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Troubling messages regarding faith and punishment.
Positive Role Models
It would be nice if the heroine of a movie like this could be strong and smart, but Cara is inconsistent and uncompelling, as are the rest of the characters. Even the family members treat each other oddly and with disrespect.
Violence & Scariness
A young girl is in peril in the movie's final stretch; she's made sick by an evil spell and has her soul sucked out of her mouth. Plenty of other scary images, too, such as a man's neck bending back at an impossible angle and some black mist attacking. Gory dead bodies and crime scene photos are shown, and dead children are seen in a flashback. Gross sores develop on people's backs. A man undergoes some gory supernatural surgery, with blood shown. A man receives the death sentence. A horrific crime is verbally described involving "rape," a "box cutter," and "ovaries."
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"F--k" is used once; "s--t" is used a few times. "God, "Jesus Christ" and "hell" are used, as well, but often in a religious context.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main character hits a bar during a tense time at work and pounds down a few tequila shots. (It's suggested that this isn't a frequent occurrence.) Her brother drinks two bottles of beer while working at his desk.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
6 Souls does start out with an interesting idea: the man with a multiple personality disorder consisting of murder victims. But the payoff for this is so muddled and sluggish that it just lands with an uninspiring thud. The filmmakers can't seem to figure out how and when to dole out information to keep the mystery afloat, and even the characters get lost in the indecision. It's a rare flop for Moore; hopefully it won't have lasting impact.
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