Director(s): John Ketcham Writer(s): Matt DeJong & Charles Wilkinson Starring: Estella Warren, John Hannah , John Kapelos Because “psychological thriller” is just another way of saying “something you’d see on Lifetime.” This is another “Based on a true story” film where events and characters are changed for dramatic effect, although there usually isn’t much dramatic […]

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Director(s): John Ketcham
Writer(s): Matt DeJong & Charles Wilkinson
Starring: Estella Warren, John Hannah , John Kapelos

Because “psychological thriller” is just another way of saying “something you’d see on Lifetime.”

This is another “Based on a true story” film where events and characters are changed for dramatic effect, although there usually isn’t much dramatic effect to be had. I Accuse is based on Dr. John Schneeberger, who was convicted of drugging and raping two patients eight years ago.

His name has been changed to Dr. Dorian for this one. Slightly trashy Kimberly (Warren) goes to see Dr. Dorian after cutting up her hand during a scuffle with her boyfriend. When she gets there he applies a sedative that soon knocks her out. That’s only temporary, though, as she wakes up during the act and is powerless to stop him. Her semen-stained underwear looks to be the key to locking Dorian up, but repeated blood tests are inconclusive. With her entire small town looking at her as a lying gold digger, Kimberly is forced to dig deeper for answers.

I Accuse is mediocre and nothing more. While I didn’t know the specific details of the case going in, I knew that it was one dimensional enough where it would be difficult to make a ninety-minute movie out of it. That’s exactly what happens. This is a movie about Dr. Dorian and Kimberly, yet there’s a lot of time spent on useless characters that contribute nothing. There’s even the “two different perspectives on an event” scene that has an orderly at the hospital describe her as whorish and seeking painkillers the night of the rape. There’s no scene where it’s revealed she was forced by Dorian to say that to the police, nor does the end of the film leave it doubtful that Kimberly wasn’t actually raped. There’s no reason whatsoever for the scene to be in the film other than wasting time.
DVD: Barebones.

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I Accuse (2003), 7.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

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