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- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
- Runtime:89 min
- Release Date:2014-02-23 14:24:00
- Director: Paolo Barzman
- Genres: Horror, Thriller
MOVIE REVIEW:Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is set in Boston where Harvard graduate doctor
& scientist Dr. Henry Jekyll (Dougray Scott) has developed a serum that
allows for the separate of the good & bad within us creating a distinct
personality for each. Unfortunately Dr. Jekyll's bad side who calls
himself Mr. Hyde likes to go around killing young women, six so far.
Convinced that he is responsible Dr. Jekyll turns himself over to
lawyer Claire Wheaton (Krista Bridges) & confesses all but she doesn't
believe him at first, eventually Claire agrees to defend Jekyll & bases
her case on the fact that Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde are two completely
separate people. Will the jury buy it? Will Dr. Jekyll get the death
penalty for Mr. Hyde's crimes?
This Canadian made-for-telly updating of Robert Louis Stevenson's much
filmed novel was directed by Paolo Barzman & only keeps the merest
themes & ideas from the original book with the setting modern America
unlike period London & after the first fifty odd minutes the film
switches from bland Jekyll and Hyde to a dull courtroom drama as Jekyll
stands trial. There's not much atmosphere or attention to detail here,
the kills are forgettable & tame, there's no bubbling test tubes or
ancient medical equipment & the reasoning here is some nonsense about
ancient Amazonian medical practices using rare flowers which never
really comes to anything, neither does the film as a whole really. The
murder trial is boring, there's no mystery, there's zero tension, the
character's are poor, the dialogue is forgettable & it just feels small
scale, Dr. Jekyll's housekeeper is retained from the novel but the main
focus of the film is Claire the lawyer as it is from her perspective
the story is told. At almost 90 minutes it feels long & there's a
really predictable twist ending which you can see coming a mile off,
the whole affair although competent is just bland & fails to generate
any excitement or tension.
Filmed many times this Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is very modernized & it
just doesn't feel like the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde films, it
feels like a TV film with bright lighting, a family friendly lack of
violence & since when did turning in Mr. Hyde let you get run over &
knocked about six feet up the road by a huge truck & just get up & walk
away totally unhurt? There's zero gore here, Jekyll slits his wrists &
a bit of blood is seen on the floor but that's it.
Although set in Boston this was filmed in Montréal in Québec in Canada,
the whole film looks bland & there's no sort of atmosphere or style at
all. Dougray Scott is rather flat as Jekyll & not much better playing
Hyde, Tom Skerritt has a small role as Jekyll's friend.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a classic tale that has been filmed numerous
times already going back to the 30's at least & this modern faceless &
throughly dull adaption that turns into some horrible courtroom drama
is surely unneeded & one of the worst & least recognisable when
compared to the original Stevenson novel.
You won't be happy with this movie if you really like the story of Dr
Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It is the product of a big lack of creativity and
respect for the original story.
I think the main problem is that they obviously tried to make this
movie as if the story happens for the very first time, which is very
wrong to begin with because you can't expect viewers to rediscover the
whole thing with such a worldwide known story.
Apart from that, you really won't be satisfied either by the
performance of the cast, or the "new plot" for that matter. It contains
virtually no suspense, everything from the beginning until the end is
very predictable and even the actors seem to have no interest at all
for playing in this movie. When the movie ends, it gives you the
feeling that they wanted to give you an idea of what it would have been
if the events occurred to Henry Jekyll today instead of the late 19th
century, but they were either incapable or they wanted it to be done
very quickly (a bit like you didn't want to put too much time or effort
in your school work last night, so you just applied some basic rules to
it and did nothing more, hoping for a reasonable note).
So since they wanted it to look like it's a new story, let me put it
this way : If Robert-Louis Stevenson had not written the story in 1886,
but this movie would have been the original story, you can be sure
nobody would even remember the title some 120 years from now. I give it
a 1/10, only because 0 is not available.
In Boston, a mysterious serial-killer is attacking and murdering women.
The distinguished Dr. Henry Jekyll (Dougray Scott) asks his friend Gabe
Utterson (Tom Skerritt) to indicate an attorney for him and he
schedules a visit to Claire Wheaton (Krista Bridges). He confesses that
he was the subject of his research with psychotropic trying to isolate
the evil side of the human beings and he is responsible for the
murders. When Dr. Jekyll goes to court for the trial, Claire wants to
prove that the killer is the unknown Mr. Edward Hyde.
This umpteenth version of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" is a forgettable
update of the classic story. Set in Boston in the present days, instead
of London in the end of the Nineteenth Century, the plot is confused
and the conclusion is predictable in spite of the good acting of
Dougray Scott. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – O Médico e o Monstro" ("Dr.
Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – The Doctor and the Monster")
A serial killer stalks the city of Boston and a DR Jeckyll goes to a
lawyer claiming to be the serial killer and that he can turn into
another person. You have to give this Canadian t.v movie updating of
the oft told classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale credit for giving it a
fresh approach.This is pleasingly sombre and manages for the most part
to be genuinely unsettling straight from the films beginning until it
runs out of steam in a courtroom finale.It does offer a different but
unsatisfying twist at the end.Dougray Scott in the lead role(s)and in
very little makeup to distinquish the two characters is very, very
good.A good effort overall.
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