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Trauma (2005)
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by EricDSnider

"A dull movie about a crazy man."
3 stars

Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly appeared in 2000 in a film called "Waking the Dead", about a man who keeps seeing his dead girlfriend, causing him to wonder if he's going insane. That film, while mishandled a little, at least offered some penetrating performances and a well-conceived story.

"Trauma," which has essentially the same premise as "Waking the Dead," lurks around like it's some kind of innovative, all-original psychological thriller, when in fact it rates a big fat "so what?" It is yet another film about a man with a tenuous grip on reality, and all of his weird memories and hallucinations are just like the ones suffered by all the other men with tenuous grips on reality in all the other movies.

This man is played by Colin Firth, though, and it is fun to see him play someone more unhinged and unpredictable than the staid, reserved characters he usually plays. His name is Ben, and he awakens from a post-car accident coma to learn that his wife was killed in the crash. On nearly the same day, a pop star named Lauren Parris was found dead in a canal, which means the whole world is mourning her death while Ben is trying to mourn his wife's.

The incidents may be connected, though. Some facts suggest Ben was more than just a casual fan of Lauren's, and an especially dogged police inspector refuses to let the evidence, albeit circumstantial, go unnoticed.

Meanwhile, Ben befriends Charlotte (Mena Suvari), a woman in a neighboring apartment, and continues to be plagued with visions of his deceased wife. Could she be alive? Is he going mad? And so on.

Suvari's performance is flat and lifeless, which I think might have been due to instruction given by director Marc Evans, who might have wanted her to seem ethereal and otherworldly. I don't know; to me, it just makes her boring.

I have nothing else to say here. The twists, when they do finally arrive (after so much dilly-dallying), are not especially surprising, and the movie adds up to little. I recommend "Waking the Dead" for a much better treatment of a very similar subject.

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User Comments

4/02/12 Countess in a box This pc is pure crap. Thank s Mr. Firth, you've done it again. 1 stars
8/23/11 BuffyTheSlayr Well better than average for Netflix 3 stars
9/26/10 Carol Miles Don't feel sorry for Firth, he does it to himself. Mr. Darcy gets repulsive. 1 stars
7/28/10 dr.e.roberts worst film ever-feel sorry for Firth 1 stars
5/16/10 Carol Once again Colin Firth insults his fans, that is if he has any. 1 stars
1/07/10 lisa brady smug, pompous, self important crap. 1 stars
8/18/06 matt like reading shredded mail 1 stars
12/21/05 ghandi did anyone get this crap 1 stars
8/31/05 Indrid Cold A lot of interesting ideas, but way too slow and hard to follow. 2 stars
8/31/05 Ingrid Gooey twaddle 1 stars
8/23/05 Edge Excellent film, keeps you guessing untill the end, brilliantly played by Colin Firth. 4 stars
7/19/05 stuart horrible 2 stars
7/09/05 John F Confusing, went nowhere!!! 2 stars
6/14/05 Ron Burton lousy flick 2 stars
3/19/05 Matt What a load of mindless drivell !!!! 1 stars
3/16/05 zeljka what the ants are symbol for in this movie? 4 stars
9/20/04 Patricia Frutos A lot of potential but never materialized. 3 stars
8/27/04 Amelie Brilliant film! 5 stars
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  DVD: 14-Jun-2005



Directed by
  Marc Evans

Written by
  Richard Smith

  Colin Firth
  Mena Suvari
  Brenda Fricker
  Naomie Harris
  Tommy Flanagan
  Sean Harris

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