Lost Souls | Chicago Reader

Lost Souls

Janusz Kaminski, the cinematographer of Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, directs his first feature, a supernatural thriller that seems bent on remaking The Exorcist with some of the stylish look of Seven. Alas, look is everything here and storytelling and characters are next to nothing, so what emerges is oddly ineffectual and uninvolving—visually striking set pieces set loose in a void. The plot has something to do with a famous writer (Ben Chaplin) who doesn't believe in the devil but who gradually learns from a believer (Winona Ryder) that he's scheduled to turn into the Antichrist himself. With Philip Baker Hall, Elias Koteas, and John Hurt; Pierce Gardner and Betsy Stahl are credited with the script. 97 min.

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