Patrick (2013) – Review, rating and Synopsis

Patrick (2013)

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  • Release Date:  2013
  • Genre:  Supernatural Power
  • Director:  Mark Hartley
  • Screenwriter:  Justin King
  • Cast & Crew: Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths, Sharni Vinson, Peta Sergeant, Damon Gameau, Martin Crewes, Eliza Taylor, Simone Buchanan, Shane Nagle, Chris Fortuna, Rod Mullinar, María Mercedes, Camilla Jackson, Brendan Bacon, Carole-Ann Aylett

Patrick (2013)Rating:

  • Eloise = 4 / 10;
  • Raoul = 3.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 5 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 2.9 / 10

Patrick (2013) Synopsis:

A young nurse starts a new job in a remote clinic where vegetable-like patients, such as the good-looking Patrick, are being treated the old-fashioned way.

Patrick (2013) Review:

This Australian movie is a remake of the 1978’s film of the same name, and the first full-length feature film of director Mark Hartley. Unfortunately, the film does not have what it takes to surface out of the huge crowd of haunted and paranormal stories released these days. The story seems very familiar and for a good reason, it reuses all the elements that so many ghost/paranormal films have used before: tragic story, a lot of jump scares, a creepy environment (let it be an asylum like in Session 9, an hospital like in Fragile, or a boarding school like in The Awakening), and a paranormal entity of course.

This entity, which is usually the highlight in this type of film, is what I found most disappointing here because it seems to obey to no particular rule. At first, the idea of a patient into coma who can control electronic devices, including computers, sounded like a brilliant idea. Unfortunately the idea is not exploited and quickly afterwards gets spoiled by the fact that Patrick seems, in fact, to be able to control pretty much everything by telekinesis. This gives him way too much power for the film to be credible. Why does he have to hurt people in these elaborate ways when he can just twist their neck then?

The film, which is 92 minutes long, feels like an eternity, and fails to raise any interest past the initial surprise of the nature of Patrick’s power. One more paranormal flick in the ocean.

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