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Shattered Mind (1996)

  Directed by: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Written by: Thomas Baum
Starring: Heather Locklear
Links: Shattered Mind on the IMDb
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 2.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Over-acted to perfection" - a review by pearly

This fairly terrible made-for-television movie was directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, which goes to show one thing: Stephen's children (Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal) appear to be (from this one example) much more talented than their father. Unfortunately for me, I didn't read up on the film until after I had already watched it, so I didn't get to see the lovely Maggie herself playing the 'Clothes Clerk', in what must have been one of her first film acting gigs. It's a loss, as there was nothing else much of merit in the film, and perhaps if I'd been watching more closely, the sight of her might have made it worthwhile.

I watched the movie on a lazy Sunday afternoon as I messed about doing some crafty things, so my attention wasn't 100% on the film, but the plot is hardly requiring of a keen eye and an attention for detail. It's about a woman named Suzy (Heather Locklear), who suffers from multiple personality disorder. She is a lozing mother and wife, but she unpredictably switches personalities, and has a whole other life in which she's a prostitute, and is mean to all those around her.

The film plays out about as predictably and stereotypically as you would expect this type of film to play out, and the only things I really noticed about the film that were of any interest to me (in either a positive or a negative way) were the director's fascination with shooting scenes from an elevated height looking down upon the actors (usually Locklear in character as one of multiple personalities) and showing the entire room around them, and the moment where the two parents sit their young girls down and try to explain that mummy has been sick but she's going to get better, and the children already know exactly what's going on (that bit was pretty interesting, and actually made me think).

Locklear over-acted each personality something shocking, meaning the whole thing was just a big mess of over-the-top stupidity. Fine for a Sunday arvo whilst doing other things, but not that great for anything else.

pearly gives this movie 2 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 18 Apr 2005

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  1. The other reviewer is a jerk. This was an excellent movie, fascinating and suspenseful, and portrays something very real and intriguing. Heather Locklear's acting was SUPERB. She gave a stunning performance. I would give this film a 9 out of 10. You can find a DVD of this film under a different title, "The Terror Inside."

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from Scott on Fri 09 Feb 2007 16:51 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 9.00 (1 rating)

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