Rated: R for disturbing violence, and adult language.
Genre: Horror Thriller
Directed By: Tony Krantz
Running Time: 1:53
Review by: Felix Vasquez Jr.
Review Date: 3/31/07
Special Features:
Commentary by director Tony Krantz and writer Erik Jendresen
Interview with Tony Krantz
Interview with Erik Jendresen
Surgical Exorcism: cultural anthropologist Dr. Falk's webcast of a live surgical exorcism in the mountains of Peru
Trailer gallery


Raw Feed and I did not get off on the best foot since one of its main releases was the utterly awful “Rest Stop.” Yet, I approached “Sublime” with the best of minds, hoping to be surprised and or satisfied. I should really learn not to set expectations for some movies. The message and “symbolism” behind “Sublime” is that life shouldn’t be taken for granted. This is translated through Cavanaugh’s character George who has just turned forty, is about to receive a procedure that is indicative of his age, and he’s found himself in an awfully unnerving hospital.

What follows is both an awfully annoying message about life, while also attempting to pass itself off as a commentary about the medical industry. What is really is, is a grueling exercise in quasi-horror that’s anything but intelligent. “Sublime” has with it an interesting premise that manages to fail on every instance. And that’s because it’s often so goddamn confusing. Sure, there are some scenes that symbolize a moment in the story of Grieves, and make sense when you ponder on it, but beyond that, there’s nothing but confusion.  

“Sublime” is basically another retread of the “Jacob’s Ladder” formula with an ending that’s sad and inadvertently cruel in the process. Krantz’s visuals are nothing short of laughable at times, with a story that can never really decide what to do with itself. What’s the point of the flashbacks with the party? Are they even real? Why all the inadvertent camp in the first place? After a while, you could feel the wheels coming off, and then it completely goes on autopilot the entire way through without making a lick of sense. After the first hour, I just completely turned my brain off and gazed in horror at the nonsense on-screen. What is essentially an interesting plot is bogged down in a hail of idiocy, and Tom Cavanagh is too good an actor to suffer through it.

Save for the utterly delicious Katherine Cunningham-Eves, "Sublime" is an irritating and excruciating quasi-horror film attempting to be too many things at once, while attempting to please too many audiences at once.



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