Gerald’s Game – review

Based on the Stephen King novel, a wife is left alone and handcuffed to a bed, with no means of escape or rescue as her husband has just had a heart attack and died right in front of her.

This is the third Stephen King movie adaption of 2017 and the lesser known of the three novels, and with good reason, there isn’t a whole lot of story here. The largest portion of the film is a two hander between Carla Gugino and Mike Greenwood and the rest of the movie is the physical and mental escape of Guginos character.

A large portion of the success of the film is dependant on Guginos performance and she does a good job of carrying the film on her shoulders. The physical escape efforts lead to a deterioration in mental well being and the film descends into not being able to tell the difference between what is real and what is part mind games and what is past trauma.

The escape aspects, trying to work out how to stay alive with the resources she has at hand were probably the best aspect of the film but it can’t stretch to a feature length run time with this alone, so the mental aspects,¬† in this case childhood trauma drive the plot, but this childhood trauma is serious stuff, and not much fun to have to watch¬† and then there is ‘the scene’ featuring such gore, I will confess I did have to look away.

Director Mike Flanagan does an okay job of blending the suspense and horror element of a pretty uneventful and small scope King novel. I enjoyed his previous movie Hush, see here. And he adds a few other King references throughout the film for the viewer to spot.

Gerald’s Game is a better adaption that The Dark Tower but it isn’t a film I need to watch twice.

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