Waking Madison

2010

Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 43% · 100 ratings
IMDb Rating 5.5/10 10 1568 1.6K

Plot summary

A woman suffering from multiple personality disorder tries to piece back together her life.



February 10, 2024 at 07:13 PM

Director

Katherine Brooks

Top cast

Elisabeth Shue as Dr. Elizabeth Barnes
Imogen Poots as Alexis
Frances Conroy as Dolly Walker
Will Patton as Steven Walker
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819.27 MB
1280*718
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
1 hr 29 min
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1.64 GB
1920*1078
English 5.1
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23.976 fps
1 hr 29 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gotohoward 8 / 10

Excellent Film with some flaws

I feel bad that the average rating for this movie is less than half because I believe there were less than 20 reviews, and a couple of people who praised it gave it no rating. I'll try to bring it up with this review.

Others have basically given the narrative so I'll skip that. I'll mention that Shue, Roemer, and the supporting cast gave good, if not very good performances. Some characterizations were stereotypical of mental illness, and I might question using the multiple personality theme to get across the idea of someone's struggle with comparative general mental illness that might be slightly hackneyed and misplaced. (but essential to the plot).

That being said, I think Brooks did a tour de force job with conveying the inner workings of mental illness. Everything in the movie felt and breathed it. She was spot on with the isolation, confusion, and frustration. She showed what mental illness can do to a person leaving out only some details and development that wouldn't have necessarily extended meaning to the narrative, and would have made it painfully long.

This movie is a must see for anyone interested in knowing what mental illness is like from within, and hopefully providing hope to those who suffer from this debilitating disease. I also hope that more people come to understand the reality of how misunderstood and stigmatized mental illness can be, and as a result that more people are helped.

I rate this movie a solid 7 for the story/acting, and a 9 for direction/production value, averaging 8 overall.

Reviewed by twarner2-862-561399 10 / 10

Excellent movie, excellent cast. A story that needs to be told.

"Waking Madison" is a cleverly executed film with an extremely talented cast.

The cast of "Waking Madison" deliver excellent performances, with great emotional depth and complexity.Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Roemer,Will Patton and Francis Conroy really bring some incredible acting chops to the table.

Writer/Director Katherine Brooks does an amazing job of capturing the essence and complexity of a mentally ill person. Brooks approaches the subject of mental illness with great intensity,but leaves the audience feeling hopeful.

The cinematography in the film is absolutely beautiful, and the use of symbolism is very well done.

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 5 / 10

Messy Screenplay with a Surprising Conclusion

In New Orleans, Madison Walker (Sarah Roemer) suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DID) and tries to commit suicide. She is treated together with other patients by the psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Barnes (Elisabeth Shue). Madison has an estranged mother, who is a religious fanatic woman, and her father was neglectful with her when she was younger. When Madison leaves the psychiatric hospital, she goes to her old apartment. Then she decides to lock herself in the apartment for thirty day expecting to find why she is so messed up since she has neither friend not a job. On the 30th day, Madison makes an important discovery about Dr. Barnes and her patients. In the end, nothing is real.

"Waking Madison" is an overrated drama with a messy screenplay that throws several situations apparently without timeline but a surprising conclusion. I was bored with this movie but fortunately I have watched it to the end, when there is a surprising revelation. "Waking Madison" has good performances and it is worth to be lenient and see to the very end. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "O 30o Dia" (The 30th Day")

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