All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
Imagine your life hangs by a thread. Imagine your body hangs by a wire. Imagine you're not imagining.
A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in comas. The patients are then shipped off to an institute that looks after them. The young doctor suspects there is more to this than meets the eye.
For the middle class men that position themselves comfortably at the top of the table, there is nothing worse than having a woman disturbing the status quo. Well, maybe a non-white woman but that is a whole other essay entirely. They should just be grateful they've been allowed to leave the home, let alone being allowed to dig around in affairs that do not concern them.
That is one of the main themes of Michael Chrichton's Coma, alongside the more obvious paranoia filled bureaucratic control. Watching the film almost forty years on, particularly in these belt-tightening times of austerity, the ideas expressed by the hospital head, Dr Harris, still have real resonance. The covert Jefferson Institute is essentially…
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Coma is a wonderful thriller from Writer/Director Michael Crichton.
Yes, Jurassic Park's Michael Crichton.
Coma has lots of future stars in small roles.
I love spotting them.
It's a fun game.
Aside from the fucked-up gender politics of 1978 (which, even though this is clearly an attempt to show a "strong female lead," falls prey to some of the most offensive tropes imaginable), this is a really enjoyable film. Aesthetically this touches on so much that I'm interested in, and despite the attachment of the name "MICHAEL CRICHTON" to the film (clearly what has kept me away from this for years), this taps into a specific vein of cinema in 1978 that is almost transcendent (for someone who doesn't find certain...let's say stylistic choices "humorous," but rather poetic, and I say that without irony or pretense). The set-piece of the hanging comatose bodies under ultraviolet light is a beautiful counterpoint to the slow-burn of of Bujold's paranoia.
(As a note: Bujold! Michael MacRae! Tom Selleck! Rip Torn! What a fucking cast!)
Look out for Tom Selleck corpsing. Arf arf.
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who has films that I have seen over and over again and always feel compelled to rewatch - even though I wouldn't necessarily count them amongst my favourites. Coma is such a film.
I've probably seen this a good nine or ten times now, and with all the twists and plot points now well installed in the old memory banks, it should have reached the point where I just moved on from Michael Crichton's medical mystery thriller. But there is something about it that just compels me to come back and watch again - and again. What is that?
I'm not quite sure. I…
Since Jurassic Park is all over everything again, I thought I'd watch this Michael Crichton classic.
A surgical resident at a major Boston hospital begins to unravel a conspiracy involving comatose patients, but nobody will believe her, not even her doctor boyfriend who works in the same hospital.
This has an interesting cast, Geneviève Bujold has the lead and many interesting faces pop up as well. Michael Douglas plays her boyfriend, and if you keep your eyes open you'll see cameos by both Tom Selleck and Ed Harris.
This takes a fairly typical thriller route, and our heroine is of course met not only with skepticism but rampant sexism - she is considered a hysterical and nosy little woman who…
An economical Hichcockian thriller about one woman fighting for answers against an impeding and mysterious system that hits all the beats the master of suspense might hit. There's nothing particularly fresh with the approach, but director Michel Crichton utilizes memorable visuals when necessary, specifically the use of cadavers and suspended floating bodies you see in the poster. The plot fits squarely into the predictable man/woman-on-the-run, no one to trust, everything's-a-conspiracy level of storytelling that certainly elicits suspense and intrigue throughout the second half but is pretty inconsequential once its over. The always photogenic Geneviève Bujold in the lead doesn't hurt in the slightest.
One Intense Film
This is one fantastic film. I remember seeing this film as a teen and loved it then, I recently re-watched the film and I find it incredibly good. It's a drama, mystery, horror and thriller rolled into one intense film. Yes this movie is good - it's really good.
If hospitals give you the creeps this film will give you the hospital creeps even more. There is no psycho slasher running around the hospital killing people - instead it has a story, a very scary story of murder but why? Who is involved? Can it be stopped?
I will say that the end of the movie will leave you wondering how the story really ended - it's…
I didnt remember anymore but I did see this one before and I liked it. Its not such well known but although it has way too much overacting, it is ultimately a new concept at the time and even if not all is well explained or at least well fundamented, the movie still manages to keep some mystery and interest for close to two hours. Also check out a younger Michael Douglas!
Really interesting film. Also really flawed. Bujold never felt real to me and while she is the protagonist I didn't see her responding to misogyny in the workplace, only a conspiracy in the workplace. Unlike a film like The China Syndrome where Jane Fonda's character is experiencing misogyny in her workplace regardless of the conspiracy she is uncovering. This film wouldn't have required many changes had it starred a male actor and that's the problem. It could have been a potent political drama, but instead it's just a simple conspiracy drama. A good conspiracy drama, but a fairly simple one.
Michael Crichton is the screen prince of technology terror and something of a renaissance man in his impressive output of novels, screenplays, film producer and director credits. His chief interest is in speculative fiction and has led to such screen classics as Westworld, The Andromeda Strain, Looker, Jurassic Park, Timeline, Sphere and this forgotten gem from 1978, Coma. Adapted from the bestselling novel by Robin Cook, Coma follows Boston Memorial Hospital surgeon Dr Susan Wheeler (Genevieve Bujold) and the questions that arise when her best friend goes in for a routine procedure and winds up in an irreversible coma on the operating table and later dies. Hanging up her hospital whites for a detective kit, Wheeler investigates the improbable death…
Very strong movie with a very young M.Douglas!
Great acting although the plot is not logical and when you watch this movie you have to have a lot of imagination!
*blows raspberry into hand*
UPDATE 1/27/2016: New removal. This time it's the 1980 mini-series The Martian Chronicles. Don't know why, since I was under…