Sublime Review

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[Sublime]
Plot:Admitted to Mt. Abaddon Hospital for a routine procedure, George Grieves discovers that his condition is much more serious and complicated than originally expected; and as his own fears begin to manifest around him, he learns that Mt. Abaddon is not a place where people come to get better... it is a place where people come to die.

Cast: Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter, Cas Anvar, Paget Brewster, Jordi Caballero, Thomas Cavanagh, Lilyan Chauvin, Shanna Collins, Katherine Cunningham-Eves, Kyle Gallner, Dan Gerrity, Michael Gregory, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, George Newbern, Bruce Nozick, Michelle Page.

My Thoughts:Social commentary necessary?

Review:"Sublime" is smarter than the usual horror film, or atleast it tries to be. The film deals with a man named George Grieves who goes into the hospital for a routine procedure. However after the procedure, he learns some bad news. That his procedure, a colonoscopy...was performed on another patient with a name similar to his, while George received an illegal procedure reserved for experimental patients. This sets off a chain of events where George has weird encounters with strange characters, and doesn't know what's real and what's not. "Sublime" is similar to other films of it's particular nature such as "Soul Survivors", "Room 6", etc. All movies where someone winds up in the hospital and has trippy things happen to them. "Sublime" however attempts to be a bit smarter, by laying on some thick social commentary about the ignorance and fears of the typical american white male, the shoddy american healthcare system, and the dangers of pretentious behavior. All things most educated people are pretty much already aware of, but "Sublime" pushes them to the forefront. The problem with all of this is, the picture despite falling into the horror genre, is not the kind of horror most people would be used to. Whereas most of the time horror films deal with zombies, slashers, or monsters...this picture deals with the horror of being stuck in a never ending nightmare. A nightmare where what a person hides within their soul comes alive to torment them over and over again. And there's no way out except to technically end your own life. Tony Krantzes film tries to be intriguing but honestly it's a huge snooze from the beginning to about the middle of act three. I think what writer Erik Jendresen failed to realize is that if you're going to create a film where the main character spends a great deal of time inside an alternate reality, you need to make that reality and the characters within it interesting and mysterious. This was not the case in "Sublime", as other than a character named Mandingo, the other people in Georges alternate reality are bland personas at best. The supporting cast of the film is made up of actress Shanna Collins, Kyle Gallner, and Paget Brewster who play Georges daughter, son, and wife. Sadly, they are all more interesting characters than George himself is. George also has a brother who pops in from time to time to lecture him on his pretentious lifestyle and overall behavior. Again, another character who's much more interesting that the lead character. "Sublime" basically goes nowhere fast and you crave the moments for when someone other than George is on screen. George, played by Thomas Cavanagh..remains bed ridden for a high amount of the film, leaving his hospital bed every now and then to try and escape. The positive things that can be said about this film is that it isn't long until we learn that George is in another reality. A much different pace from most other films that kind of try to keep such a thing a secret until the very end, despite the trojan horse falling apart piece by piece right before our very eyes. The final act is also very well done, and finally explains why George has been seeing what he's been seeing and what exactly is taking place in reality where everyone else is, versus the alternate reality where George is confined to. Despite a great final act though, "Sublime" fails due to it's misleading and sometimes annoying subplots, a very uncharasmatic lead, and a story that while trying to be a social commentary piece, doesn't do enough to back up the social commentary with anything relevant, entertaining, or scary before it unveils it's most important plot points and overall message at the end.

Positives:Decent performances by the films supporting cast. A great ending.

Negatives:Bad acting by Cavanagh, a very flat and uninspired story, a lack of cohesiveness of the plot in some areas, and not enough focus on some of the much more interesting supporting characters.

Overall:As much as I didn't like "Sublime", for it's smart social message..it's worth a view atleast once. Despite it's lack of entertainment value.





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