Stephen King has always been a good source of material for a plot for a film and Netflix have taken his novel, ‘Gerald’s Game’ and given it the movie treatment.
Now this isn’t a remake which is refreshing so I hadn’t heard of the story before watching the movie. It’s an interesting story but if you want a horror movie then look elsewhere…
This movie is all about psychological manifestation. In other words, the way your mind can play tricks on you in horrible times. Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) and his wife Jessie (Carla Gugino) decide to go to their second home (I assume…) to ‘spice up’ their marriage. It’s got no neighbors and Gerald has kindly given their staff the weekend off so that the couple are left all alone for the whole weekend..
So Gerald and Jessie start to role play in the bedroom as the trailer for the film shows you, Gerald suffers a heart-attack just as poor Jessie is handcuffed to the bed. She’s then left their to well, pretty much go insane.
The acting in the film is quite good, both Gugino and Greenwood are great, especially Gugino as she get’s more and more mental throughout and starts mixing fantasy with reality. There’s not really many characters in this movie, it all centers around Jessie as she fights to survive.
There’s not CGI in this movie although the Makeup FX are brilliant in one scene in particular and when you watch the movie you’ll know exactly which scene I mean. I did have to look away for a moment actually…
So basically this story is all about how Jessie’s past, a certain incident in particular made her strong enough to survive this game she’s ended up in. It touches on how your mind can play tricks on you when you’re terrified and how the night itself ties into that.
Now there is a twist in this movie towards the end and it’s not bad but I personally think this film could have been so much more. It also annoyed me a bit how quickly Jessie began to loose it, I mean it felt like she gave up pretty quickly when she ‘had all her strength’ in the beginning. Sure, she screamed for a long (long) time but surely you’d quit after twenty mins or so? Like I said she didn’t really try that much for my liking…
Overall, it’s an OK film, I’ll be honest with you (as always) it got dragged out a bit too much and when you learn what she’s trying to get from her flashbacks it makes them pretty pointless… I think it’s more about what could happen that may get into your head rather than what actually happens in this movie but that’s probably the whole point right?
Perfect Popcorn Score – Gerald’s Game get’s a six from me, I get where it’s trying to go but I just lost interest sadly… It has a lot of potential but doesn’t fulfill it… 6/10