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'Shelter' (2010): A Twisted Version of 'Split' With Spirituality

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#Shelter #Thriller

#Shelter #Thriller

Quick Film Info

Title: Shelter aka 6 Souls

Directors: Måns Magnus Mårlind and Björn Stein are both Swedish directors and screenwriters. Both went to Stockholm University and American Film Institute together and team up often. Their highest grossing film was Underworld: Awakening (2012).

Writer: Michael Cooney wrote it under the title 6 Souls. He is also a director known for the horror movie Jack Frost and its sequel Jack Frost 2.

His previous film, Identity (2003) features the same multiple personality disorder as seen in this film. Making the movie Identity inspired him to tackle the same subject with a different narrative.

Date of Release:

  • Under the title 6 Souls in 2013.
  • First released in Japan in 2010 under the title of Shelter.

Genre: Psychological thriller.

Budget: $22 million.

Box Office: $3.2 million.

What's it About?

Shelter is also called 6 Souls depending where you live.

Julianne Moore is Dr. Cara—a psychiatrist who, after the death of her husband, has turned her faith to science.

Cara's father is also a psychiatrist and wants her to meet Adam. Adam is a man with multiple personalities and some of the personalities belong to dead people.

The more Cara investigates Adam's past, the closer she gets to the truth of who Adam really is. Is it science or God that can save him?

How do you get someone to reveal their other personalities? Well you call them on the phone, of course. #Shelter #Thriller #JulianneMoore

How do you get someone to reveal their other personalities? Well you call them on the phone, of course. #Shelter #Thriller #JulianneMoore

Shelter—Trailer, Courtesy of YouTube

My Thoughts on the Film

Julianne Moore's a bit hit and miss with successful movie roles.

Hannibal (2001), Carrie (2013) and Part 1 and 2 of The Hunger Games are a few that I like her in. I really enjoyed Moore's performance in Shelter. If it wasn't for her, Jeffrey DeMunn and Francis Conroy, the storyline would have fallen apart. Casting deserves a pat on the back.

The movie itself does a pretty good job of allowing you to get swept up in Dr. Cara's attempt to debunk Adam's affliction as simply an elaborate ruse. it's clear this is not a run-of-the-mill case. Cara begins to uncover some really spooky abnormalities in her investigation of Adam and his past and his different personas. Adam definitely displays symptoms of a multiple personality disorder. Small clues and background stories give you an idea of what is really going on with Adam.

The cinematography is superb and the atmosphere retains the slow-build tension that creeps its way into events. Nearly every shot is dark and ominous, even when they are out in the daytime (which they seldom aren't.)

I couldn't help but think of the movie Split (2016) while watching this movie. Using this affliction is a very clever way of making a psychological thriller. Shelter uses imagery of Adam turning into one of his alters as an opportunity to throw in some harrowing pictures of an almost physical transformation right before your eyes. Compared to Split it features most of the changes off-screen.

The two movies are very similar in dealing with personality disorders to portray people with very dark secrets. Secrets that unleash in the form of other alters, most of which are evil. The two movies part ways when the question of whether Adam has a disorder or not rears its head. In comparison, Split is very clear early on there is a battle between all of his alters to suppress the main antagonist alter known as—The Beast.

Questioning whether Adam suffers from too many personalities, the film twists into a completely different direction. The ending is solid and enables all the loose ends to be neat and tidy. Shelter gets you thinking back through certain scenes to put pieces together way after the credits have rolled.

Final Thoughts

Critics trashed this movie online, and most seemed to not-understand the movie's heavy plot. Complaints were about why events occurred. This definitely comes under the 'thinking person's movie' heading and you do need to pay it some attention.

Julianne Moore is a self-confessed atheist and her fans hated that Shelter is totally against the concept of God being introduced to the narrative. I didn't think the religious components were heavy-handed and no matter what ethos you live by it's still enjoyable.

It's not the type of flick you can half-watch while cooking dinner with its runtime at 112 minutes. There are many tiny details scattered throughout that paste this film together. The story as a whole steers clear of being generic and sticks a unique premise firmly back in.

Shelter could have done with a little more excitement though. It had more than ample time to add some more visual shock elements. I like a bit more thrill in my thrillers and by that, I don't mean gore. This film had plenty of meat to work with and plenty of money for some more special effect grandeur.

I give Shelter aka 6 Souls 3.5 wheelchair bound psychopaths out of 5.

Which personality type defines you?

For each question, choose the best answer for you.

  1. You find yourself in an unpredictable situation, how does this make you feel?
    • Not knowing what's going to happen next, makes me feel energized.
    • Not knowing what's going to happen next doesn't bother me but sometimes unexpected surprises make me annoyed.
    • I am not quite sure how I feel. I guess it may depend on the situation.
    • I like my routine. I like to know what is going to happen today. I am uncomfortable when the plan I made is rearranged.
    • I will just follow what everyone else decides to do. Someone else always knows the best avenue to take.
  2. Which sentence describes the way you spend money?
    • I will often spend a lot of money on special experiences and fancy things.
    • I buy things that add value to my life and am quite good with my own finances.
    • I spend what I budget and often go without.
    • I get a kick out of buying things for people that I care about.
    • If someone wants me to pay for something, I will usually just do it even if it is their turn to shout.
  3. Which sentence describes your interests?
    • I am interested in the people in my life and enjoy things that involve a social aspect.
    • I am well educated and enjoy many different things.
    • I enjoy a range of different interests but am never too involved with things.
    • I enjoy many different interests and like to understand how a variety of things work. I like technology.
    • I have a lot of interests but rarely get to engage in them. I always end up doing something else.
  4. Are you often bored?
    • No, I do a lot of things for a lot of people so am generally very busy.
    • I am too busy leading and delegating things I haven't finished yet to be bored.
    • I am always finding interesting things to do and see without the need to be around people.
    • I am never bored. I don't even need entertainment to have a good time. I can be anywhere and be content.
    • Yes, I like to find new adventures and new things to do because repetition doesn't appeal to me
  5. How emotional are you?
    • I am rarely emotional. Never in front of people except to show disapproval. I can show love to those I love.
    • I am very emotional hardly anybody knows because I don't let people know how I feel unless they sense something is up.
    • I am not that emotional. I am usually able to talk through a situation without it exploding but am sometimes insensitive
    • I am often told I am too sensitive. I guess I am pretty emotional. I tend to get jealous often.
    • I am always calm, even when I'm upset. I tend to be able to hide my feeling in spite of them to fix the situation.

Scoring

Use the scoring guide below to add up your total points based on your answers.

  1. You find yourself in an unpredictable situation, how does this make you feel?
    • Not knowing what's going to happen next, makes me feel energized.: +1 point
    • Not knowing what's going to happen next doesn't bother me but sometimes unexpected surprises make me annoyed.: +2 points
    • I am not quite sure how I feel. I guess it may depend on the situation.: +3 points
    • I like my routine. I like to know what is going to happen today. I am uncomfortable when the plan I made is rearranged.: +4 points
    • I will just follow what everyone else decides to do. Someone else always knows the best avenue to take.: +5 points
  2. Which sentence describes the way you spend money?
    • I will often spend a lot of money on special experiences and fancy things.: +1 point
    • I buy things that add value to my life and am quite good with my own finances.: +2 points
    • I spend what I budget and often go without.: +3 points
    • I get a kick out of buying things for people that I care about.: +4 points
    • If someone wants me to pay for something, I will usually just do it even if it is their turn to shout.: +5 points
  3. Which sentence describes your interests?
    • I am interested in the people in my life and enjoy things that involve a social aspect.: +1 point
    • I am well educated and enjoy many different things.: +2 points
    • I enjoy a range of different interests but am never too involved with things.: +3 points
    • I enjoy many different interests and like to understand how a variety of things work. I like technology.: +4 points
    • I have a lot of interests but rarely get to engage in them. I always end up doing something else.: +5 points
  4. Are you often bored?
    • No, I do a lot of things for a lot of people so am generally very busy.: +5 points
    • I am too busy leading and delegating things I haven't finished yet to be bored.: +2 points
    • I am always finding interesting things to do and see without the need to be around people.: +0 points
    • I am never bored. I don't even need entertainment to have a good time. I can be anywhere and be content.: +4 points
    • Yes, I like to find new adventures and new things to do because repetition doesn't appeal to me: +1 point
  5. How emotional are you?
    • I am rarely emotional. Never in front of people except to show disapproval. I can show love to those I love.: +2 points
    • I am very emotional hardly anybody knows because I don't let people know how I feel unless they sense something is up.: +5 points
    • I am not that emotional. I am usually able to talk through a situation without it exploding but am sometimes insensitive: +1 point
    • I am often told I am too sensitive. I guess I am pretty emotional. I tend to get jealous often.: +3 points
    • I am always calm, even when I'm upset. I tend to be able to hide my feeling in spite of them to fix the situation.: +4 points

Interpreting Your Score

A score between 4 and 10 means: SANGUINE (enthusiastic, active, and social) You like to get the most out of life and strive to find things that give you pleasure. People come to you for ideas when they want to make plans. Even though you are the ideas person, you often don't see your plans come to fruition as you rarely see them through, but it doesn't matter because people like you and tend to be jealous of your easy going and laid back attitude to everything life throws at you.

A score between 11 and 16 means: CHOLERIC (short-tempered, fast, or irritable) You are the first person to raise your hand to give your opinion when asked a question and are often passionate about your beliefs. You want to be the best at everything and will choose to be the leader in most situations and are quick to anger if things don't go your way. People misunderstand you, why is it always your fault if people aren't as smart as you or if you happen to just point out how stupid someone's decision is. All this may be true, however people within your inner circles adore that you are loyal to the core and are often doing kind

A score between 17 and 20 means: MELANCHOLIC (analytical, wise, and quiet) You have the patience of a saint. You mostly see the glass as half empty but would happily hand over the last of your water in the desert to someone who needed it more so that you could both get out alive. You are the ying to people's yang and love nothing more than being with like-minded people. People are often commenting on just how kind you are. The world is sometimes a depressing place and seeing events in the media that portray cruelness and ugliness often gets you down for quite a while.

A score between 21 and 22 means: PHLEGMATIC (relaxed and peaceful) You have the ability to be the calm in any storm due to your level headedness. People often come to you for advice because you can see both sides of any situation enough to not take sides. More often than not, you are the one that remembers the small details of things your nearest and dearest like. You tend to do things, say things or give things that people think are thoughtful and endearing. People seem drawn to you even though you rarely think you are worthy of being loved by so many people. You do know what you want out of life, however you would never be

A score between 23 and 25 means: SUPINE Why can't people read minds? Wouldn't the world be a better place if this were the case. People often tell you that you are too sensitive but it's just because they don't understand where you are coming from and you don't feel the need to explain it to them. You love socializing and are often the person that volunteers to do all the work if work requires doing, You just want people to be happy. You do not like confrontation and will often retreat even if you are right. That's always the way it goes right? The only people that know you well are people you trust and to those people you ar

One of Adam's personalities has the same name as a murder victim. #Shelter #Thriller

One of Adam's personalities has the same name as a murder victim. #Shelter #Thriller

Other Movies About Multiple Personality Disorders

  • Voices Within (1990): A story about a high functioning woman with 92 different personalities based on a real person Truddi Chase.
  • Earl Brooks—Mr Brooks (2007): With just two personalities, one is a serial killer and the other a mild-mannered gentleman, the two collide in a battle as to who will have control.
  • Sybil (2007): The remake of the 1976 movie of the same name features a biographical account of a woman called Sybil, her life and the unpredictable events that can occur for those with the disorder.
  • Waking Madison (2010): A more fictional creation about Madison who decides that locking herself inside her house for 30 days will allow her to figure out who she is by keeping a video diary.
  • United States of Tara (T.V Series 2011): A comedy series about Tara, a housewife who has multiple personalities and a family and friends that love and understand her.

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