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Lost Souls Lost Souls

Releasing Lost Souls on Friday the 13th could not be more appropriate.  You can now add another piece of bad luck to your day if you happen to see this film.

After sitting on the shelf's at New Line Cinema for well over a year, deciding to release it against The Exorcist must have been caused by demonic possession.  In what was designed to be Winona Ryder's “star vehicle”, Lost Souls can only be viewed as a really bad idea on her part.

The story begins with Maya Larkin (Winona Ryder) assisting in an exorcism with Father Lareaux  (John Hurt) and Deacon John Townsend (Elias Koteas) for a convicted murderer.  Maya is involved as a result of her own exorcism by Lareaux years earlier.  This is the only character development in the entire movie.

As expected, “things” go awry and Father Lareaux is left near a mental breakdown and the good Deacon in a coma.  Maya grabs every piece of paper in the cell and flees, only to discover that the numbers contained on them reveal the name of the body that the antichrist will take over.  To this point, the movie has possibilities.

Had Ryder been allowed to portray a strong woman of both physical power and one of religious convection, her character might have been interesting; but alas, director Janusz Kaminski keeps her as a demur and fragile soul.

Enter the antichrist-to-be in the form of a writer named Peter Kelson (Ben Chaplin) whom Maya attempts to persuade that he is about to be consumed by the ultimate evil.  Nothing from this point on can be taken seriously - there is no plot developed, no character you care about and the end of the world would actually spice things up a bit.

In short the cinematography is poor, the script worse and the director must have been possessed himself to make us suffer through 102 minutes of this tripe.

Lost Souls

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