Thursday, August 27, 2015

Patrick: Evil Awakens (2013)

Director: Mark Hartley
Starring: Sharni Vinson, Rachel Griffiths, Charles Dance, Peta Sergeant, Eliza Taylor, Martin Crewes, Damon Gameau, Jackson Gallagher

Young nurse Kathy (Vinson) gets a new job in a psychiatric clinic where she instantly becomes fascinated with comatose patient, Patrick (Gallagher), whose been unconscious for years and having to contend with the experimental therapy placed upon him by Dr. Roget (Dance) and Matron Cassidy (Griffiths). Kathy's sense of compassion finds a way of communicating with Patrick, but a happy ending drifts further away the more obsessive Patrick becomes with his new muse.

Remake of the '75 exploitation film, given a more gothic pressence. As a genre piece, the filmmakers have achieved in making an atmospheric film which is not hard to see why since Hartley is a documentarian of Not Quite Hollywood, Machete Maidens Unleashed! and the recent Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, all documenting the trend of Exploitation films.

Vinson is worth her wait in gold and after the presence she showed in You're Next it's no wonder she was hired. Griffiths and a very strong Dance are also exceptional in their respective evil roles. The biggest problem, however, is that the story itself sticks pretty thoughtful to the original and the overall film doesn't take us anywhere new. It's not a disappointment by a long shot, however some may feel it's not worth the worry.


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