Lost Souls (2000)

Despite some effective direction by Janusz Kaminski, breathtaking cinematography and an effectively ominous tone, there’s something about “Lost Souls” that feels off from the beginning. Maybe it’s that the characters aren’t particularly likable nor well-developed, but there’s a coldness to the proceedings that prevents audience immersion. In addition there are a few sequences here and there (like the bathroom and diner scenes, for example) that appear out of nowhere and seem to add nothing to the movie, but without them the pace would be unbearably slow. It’s a strange movie not to mention a bizarrely sedate studio picture, and while leads Winona Ryder and Ben Chaplin try their best to rise above it, there’s just nothing here for either one to sink their teeth into.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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