- 1 hr 53 min
Sublime is a psychological horror movie that explores the mind of a patient in a hospital after a routine surgery. The movie starts by showing the protagonist, George Grieves (Tom Cavanagh), as a successful architect with a loving wife and a child. However, during an outdoor excursion with his family, George falls off a mountain and lands on a jagged rock, leading him to be taken to the hospital. George goes through an operation and wakes up in a hospital room to find that his experience is not like any other patient. He meets Nurse Marian (Kathleen York), an enigmatic figure who tries to comfort him and offers him pills that induce hallucinations. As George becomes more dazed, he encounters various characters in his hallucinations, such as His wife and child, a former patient, and a black man who appears to be accusing him of racism. As the story moves along, George starts to question his own sanity, wondering if his hallucinations are real or just a figment of his imagination. He continues to see Marian, but her behavior becomes more erratic and less comforting. Strange occurrences happen at the hospital, such as patients disappearing after a routine surgery, and he starts to fear for his life. George becomes increasingly paranoid and desperate to escape the hospital to prevent something from happening to him. The movie touches upon Georgeâs personality by offering glimpses into his past and his beliefs. It is a slow-paced movie that focuses on the psychological tension, themes of grief, loss, and despair, rather than jump scares or gore. Sublime creates a narrative that doesn't rely on slasher tropes and leans more towards real-life horrors, such as medical malpractice, racism, and even death. The movie also addresses issues concerning health care systems that don't support their patients and mistreat the vulnerable. Tom Cavanaghâs portrayal of George is excellent, and his transformation from a successful man to a broken individual is believable. The other actors, including Kathleen York and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, also contribute significantly to the movieâs plot, bringing depth to their characters that keep the audience guessing about their motives. Kat Coiroâs direction of the movie is praiseworthy, bringing the essence of the script to life, emphasizing the psychological atmosphere of the movie without overdoing it. The ambient sound and music in the background play a crucial role in subliminally creating a feeling of impending doom that reflects the psychological state of George. The cinematography changes in tone as Georgeâs hallucinations begin to warp his reality, showing different perspectives on the same occurrence, creating a layered texture to the story. Overall the movie is an excellent watch for people who like slow-burning horror movies that deal with the human psyche and raise social questions. It is not a movie for those who are looking for a fast-paced gore fest, but rather a fantastic psychological reflection of people in distress. Sublime forces us to introspect and understand how our minds work in the most desperate situations.