Close Your Eyes

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Close Your Eyes ★½ Hypnotic; Dr. Sleep 2002 (R)

Psychic hypnotist Michael Strother (Visnjic) has limited himself to curing smokers after an unsavory event in the U.S. caused him to flee to the UK. When Janet (Henderson), who also happens to be a British cop, comes to Michael hoping to kick her cigarette habit, Michael has a vision which reluctantly brings about his involvement in the highly publicized “tattoo murderer” case and the serial killer's only living victim, Heather. After hypnotizing the nowmute Heather to find some answers, Michael is knee deep in the case against the wishes of his pregnant wife (Otto). He teams up with Janet, who bucks traditional police methods to go with her gut. Not quite a horror film, this overly elaborate, stale supernatural thriller boasts interesting locales, suitably moody climate, and decent performances. 108m/C DVD . GB Goran Visnjic, Shirley Henderson, Miranda Otto, Paddy Considine, Claire Rushbrook, Fiona Shaw, Corin Redgrave, Sophie Stuckey; D: Nick Willing; W: Nick Willing, William Brookfield; C: Peter Sova; M: Simon Boswell.