Murder in Mind Film Details
Overview: A woman undergoes hypnosis to determine who murdered her husband, a crime for which she is the chief suspect.
Review: ****SPOILERS**** Suspected of murdering her husband Peter, Jimmy Smits, and the live-in, handyman Charlie, Gailard Sartain, Caroline Walker, Mary-Louise Parker, is being interrogated at the police station when she is appointed a court psychiatrist Dr. Ellis, Nigel Hawthorne. Dr. Ellis tries to help her remember what happened in the three hours at the Walker Estate up to the time of the double-murders that night. Going to Dr. Ellis’ office the next day he puts her under hypnosis to help Caroline by regressing her back in time to the point where she married Peter and then back to the night of his and Charlie’s murder. We see that Caroline’s marriage to Peter was anything but happy with Peter holding Caroline responsible for forcing him to marry her by tricking him into getting her pregnant. Peter was driven to marry Caroline to prevent any scandal that would hurt his high standing in the community that he built up over the years. Peter was anything but a perfect husband to Caroline always yelling at her and even smacking her around at times even though he strove for perfection in everything that he did in his social life as well as his many business ventures to impress his rich and high powered friends and acquaintances. Peter was also very rude and nasty to Charlie, the live-in handyman at his estate, by insulting and putting him down at every opportunity. Charlie being a good-natured and sweet as well as at times a very hapless person could do nothing but take Peter’s abuse and at the same time try to learn how to live with it. As Dr. Ellis slowly brought Caroline forward to that night when her husband Peter and Charlie were found murdered. Surprisingly we find out that she indeed was innocent of those crimes. Dr.Ellis’ expert testimony at Caroline’s murder trial is what convinced the jury to find her not guilty but the policeman who handled the case Det.Holloway, Jason Scott Lee, felt that she did murder Peter and Charlie. But now that Caroline was vindicated by a jury of her peers there was nothing that he could do. Soon after the jury verdict the truth comes out about the murders and it turns out that Caroline’s mind was purposely blocked by the real murderer and he wasn’t the person that we in the audience as well as those in the movie were lead to believe he was. Confusing movie with a number of ridicules flash-backs that had in most cases nothing to do with the story that we were seeing on the screen. The flash-backs popped up mostly at inopportune times in the movie and looked like most of them were left on the cutting-room floor because they didn’t fit into the films plot. Also there was so many close-ups of Mary-Louise Parker’s big brown eyes that it made me in watching the movie more hypnotized then she was by Dr. Ellis. The overly contrived conclusion of the movie spoiled whatever there was left of the plot and tension in the film. The really off-the-wall ending left you totally stupefied, just like Det. Holloway was with his jaw dropping and eyes wide open and looking flabbergasted at the end of the film.
Country: United Kingdom, United States
Duration: 88 min
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Also known as: Убийство в мозъка,Assassino em Minha Mente,L’omicidio nella mente,Murder in Mind,Mente asesina,Der Psycho-Mörder – Murder in Mind,Visioni di un delitto,Anamnisi enos fonou,Halálos analízis,Mordercza hipnoza,Der Psycho-Mörder,Gyilkos elme,Murder in Mind – Wenn Hypnose tötet