A famous female psychologist goes to interview a serial killer in a secure psychiatric hospital. He does not deny any of his cut-throat razor murders, and begins to reveal an unhappy past of being bullied by his mother, by children at school, and by work colleagues.
His back stories and thoughts are related to us through a combination of flashbacks and fantasy sequences, which merge with conversations and actions in the present. This is done in an unusual and fairly effective way, though it sometimes takes a few seconds to work out what's going on.
The film uses strong visual imagery. Blue and red are the predominate colours in all scenes, though interestingly, blood is depicted as black. An abandoned shopping trolley is frequently seen in random places. The odd-looking Dr Marlowe and the two guards watch the psychologist's interviews from cinema seats behind a window. It does feel like this really, really wants to be a David Lynch film. On one hand I can see this giving film students a lot to talk about. On the other hand, I can't help wondering if it's trying so hard to be deliberately weird, it becomes more about the style than the substance.
There are familiar elements in the film. It's hard not to think of The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) while watching the interactions between psychologist and serial killer. The ghostly "visitors" look like they have stepped straight out of a Japanese horror movie. And as mentioned before, the bold primary colours and surreal imagery could have been created by David Lynch.
I didn't like the implausible, tattooed, bare-chested guards, the strange lack of staff and security, or the dream-within-a-dream sequences which took me out of the movie. The strong red and blue colour scheme became tiresome after a while, and the weirdness felt a bit forced and tedious by the end. I can see why some people love this film - I'm willing to accept that I've missed the point of it big time, and might 'get' it after the second or third time I see it. But for a first watch, it just didn't do anything for me and it didn't interest me enough to make me watch it again. 1.5/5