Writer: Gareth Tunley (Screenplay)
Starring: Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones, Niamh Cusack, Geoffrey McGivern, Paul Kaye
Plot: A homicide detective goes undercover as a patient to investigate a psychotherapist he believes is linked to a strange double murder. As his therapy sessions continue the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur.
Tagline – I Know Its Name
Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Mind Bending
Story: The Ghoul starts as Chris (Meeten) a detective goes undercover after a strange double murder, he starts seeing a psychotherapist Fisher (Cusack) while trying to get access to the personal records, while catching up with a former university friend Kathleen (Lowe).
As the story unfolds we start to learn more about the back story to why Chris is in therapy he starts to tell the story of how he believes he is undercover and befriending fellow patient Coulson (Jones) they start seeing a new doctor in Morland (McGivern) that has a different approach, soon things start blending into one which leaves Chris not sure what to believe anymore.
Thoughts on The Ghoul
Characters – Chris is an undercover detective that starts seeing a psychotherapist to help solve the latest case, but the more time he spends in therapy the thinner the line between reality and the truth come from. Kathleen is an old friend from university that supports Chris, while also having him when she needs help. We have other characters that come into the life of Chris, the therapists trying to help him, the fellow patient trying to warn him, the film does keep the character numbers down with each posing a potential end of the investigation for Chris.
Performances – Tom Meeten appears in every scene and his performances needs to be great to carry the film, he is wonderful through the film as we feel his confusion through it all. Going into the supporting cast, we do have good performances for Tom to bounce off too.
Story – The story is the hardest thing to describe, it will keep you guessing from start to finish as you wait to see where the film will go next. This is both a good thing and a bad thing, because you will need to give the film 100% attention to make sure you don’t miss anything and even if you blink you might miss an important clue.
Thriller – This has tension driven through the film as we can see how thing could end up becoming something shocking.
Settings – The film is set in London which helps us se the busy street feel to the busy lives that the people are living.
Final Thoughts – This is a real mind bender, I always enjoy seeing film makers push things to the limits even if I don’t personally enjoy the film as much as I should have.
Overall: Real mind bender for all.