Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Julianne Moore
Shelter 6 Souls.
© Radius TWC
The Julianne Moore-Jonathan Rhys-Meyers thriller Shelter was released around the world in 2010 and 2011 and was initially slated for release in the US in February 2011, but it's since languished in Distribution Hell -- perhaps because it lacks big bankable stars, perhaps because it's not full of flashy special effects, perhaps because the studio just didn't like it. But two years later, The Weinstein Company -- or more specifically, its Radius TWC label -- has added it to the release slate, under a new, slightly less generic name: 6 Souls. The movie, in which Moore stars as a skeptical psychiatrist who takes on a new patient who challenges her disbelief in multiple personalities, will finally open in a limited number of theaters on April 5 and will be available on demand starting March 1.
It will be interesting to see if the US version is different from the international version, which I enjoyed (read my review). While such long delays are often an indication of the poor quality of the movie, I personally didn't find that to be the case here (although other critics may disagree), and it has a respectable 6.0 (souls?) rating on IMDb, so viewers have found it pretty good as well. It does, after all, have a strong pedigree, not only with accomplished stars Moore and Rhys Meyers, but also writer Michael Cooney (who wrote Identity) and directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein (Underworld: Awakening). At last, America, you'll be able to judge for yourself.