Grade B+


Adapted from Stephen King’s lesser known story, “Gerald’s Game” stars Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood as a couple who go away for the weekend to try to mend their nearly broken marriage.  A quiet, nearly secluded area, good food and wine, Viagra and handcuffs are all present to spice things up and help the couple get back on the right track again.  What could possibly go wrong?  An open front door, a heart attack, and a large, hungry dog.

Chained onto the bedposts, Gugino’s panicked mind plays tricks on her, seeing her dead husband and an alternate version of herself walking around and speaking to her and each other.  As her mind wanders from the present to the past, from consciousness to dream state, she must glean bits of valuable information that the voices in her head are trying to give to her so that she can find a way to escape.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Gerald’s Game” is the scene when Gugino wakes up at night, peers into one corner of her bedroom, and sees a large creature who looks like it belongs in one of hell’s labyrinth.

“Gerald’s Game” is a well made suspense/thriller that quickly ramps up the tension after minute 5 and doesn’t let up.  Mysteries are set up at the beginning and the truth slowly revealed as Gugino’s life and possibilities of escape fade.   It’s a tale not just of survival of the body, but also of the mind.

— M