Sickened (2010) – By Brian Morton

Sometimes an interesting premise can save a movie from a lot of flaws. That’s the way I felt about the new movie from Phil Herman’s new movie, Sickened. It’s got a pretty interesting premise, but the execution lacked just a little something.

The story here is about Kim, a woman who was kidnapped 20 years ago and managed to escape her abductor. The problem is that he was never brought to justice and Kim can’t get beyond it. Now, she’s beginning to see her captor everywhere, and can’t decide if he’s back and setting up for another abduction, or if she’s losing her mind.

Sickened is a pretty straight forward movie, but some of the technique used by Mr. Herman dragged me out of the fantasy. I love Joel Wynkoop, and using him as a newscaster is a great idea, but the execution of the news casts made me think that none of this was real. Now, don’t think that I’m totally against Sickened, the parts between Kim and her cable-guy boyfriend, have you guessing and are really pretty good, is this a boyfriend, a rapist or just a guy who’s being fantasized about?

I’m giving Sickened 2 1/2 out of 4 cigars, it’s not perfect, but it’s got enough heart that I enjoyed it. Herman’s got talent; I think he just needs a bit more time and a bit more budget to get to the next level. I love most of his cast, but it would be nice to see some of them act a bit more and not just appear in cameos (i.e. on TV or thru a phone conversation), but, if you’re looking for a mystery that will have you wondering what’s going to happen next, Sickened provides that in spades! Find out more, and grab a copy for yourself by heading over to