Gerald’s Game – Slow But Interesting

Rating (2.5 out of 5)

Summary: I bookmarked “Gerald’s Game” on Netflix quite a while ago and finally had time to sit and watch the film. I enjoyed the idea and was slightly disturbed at the reveal at the end of the film. Unfortunately, the idea is the best part of the film and the movie pace is slow. If you like Stephen King movies (good and bad) you will likely enjoy this film. If not, put “Gerald’s Game” way down on the MAYBE list.

Plot: Jessie (Carla Gugino) and her husband Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) have traveled to their remote house in the woods to rekindle their relationship. Gerald handcuffs Jessie to the bed and suddenly dies of a heart attack. How will Jessie free herself from the handcuffs to survive?

Detail: The discussion between hallucinations of herself and her deceased husband was interesting. Bruce Greenwood is typically the leader (President, Captain, General, etc), and his portrayal of a borderline psychotic well off white man was extremely creepy.

SPOILER!! The eyes and images of the “Moonlight Man” (Death) were creepy. You think he is part of her hallucinations, but later at the end of the movie, it is revealed “Moonlight Man” is a real person who murdered. “Moonlight Man” being real added a whole creepiness level.

Jessie experiences flashbacks to her past with her dad Tom (Henry Thomas) during a solar eclipse when she is twelve years old. Tom is one sick puppy, and more sickening than her husband. As he tricks his daughter into keeping a secret, you literally cringe. Truly disgusting.

Yes, there are parts I enjoyed. However, the pace of the film is slow the good parts of the film are spread throughout the film. While the movie is only 1 hour and 45 minutes, “Gerald’s Game” felt longer because of the pace. The pace worked against the psychological thriller.