Jagged Mind Review: Love is a beautiful thing. It can make you take a big risk, step out of your comfort zone and provide support through the toughest things. But what happens when this love turns into an obstacle? What if the person you love turns their love into an obsession? Love can make people do strangest of things. But it stops being love and turns into a greed, an obsession when the lines blur. Here is one such story of a love gone wrong where the lines were blurred.
SPOILERS AHEAD. TRIGGER WARNING for mental illness and bodily harm.
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Jagged Mind Summary
‘Jagged Mind’ tells the story of Billie, an art curator living in Haiti. She has been experiencing blackouts and memory loss which only seems to intensify as time passes by. She believes it stems from her genetics, for her mother had dementia. One day, when she is at a bar, Billie meets Alex. The two women hit it off instantly. Alex does not approve of Billie’s friend Kim and successfully poisons the friends against each other. Alex isolates Billie from the social circle, wanting Billie all to herself. As time goes by, Alex becomes increasingly obsessed with Billie.
Rose Porter is a photographer whose exhibition was hosted by Christine, Billie’s ex. Billie had visited the exhibition once. Rose tries to get in touch with Billie several times. There is a man on the corner of the street who only speaks Creole and tries to warn Billie against something.
Eventually, Rose gets Billie to meet her and the mystery man whose name is revealed to be Papa Guste. Rose records their meeting so that Billie won’t forget about it. Rose reveals that Alex was her ex. Rose was in possession of a stone which could reset time. When she was with Alex, she used the stone and had to face its consequences. Alex starts using the stone to keep Billie all to herself.
She also mentioned that Billie’s blackouts and memory loss are not an illness but the effects of Alex using the stone’s magic to reset the time. Rose tells the solution to Billie whi them confronts Alex about it. Alex confesses that she kills Rose and Billie’s ex-Christine. Billie ends up fatally injuring Alex. She manages to reset the time as well. When she resets the time, she keeps the stone to herself. She also rejects Alex’s invite at the bar this time. She goes on about her life.
Jagged Mind Review
What starts off as a potential medical ailment to the lead in ‘Jagged Mind‘ turns into a folklore-ish tale of magic and curse. The prospect that Billie could have early onset of dementia, and that she needs to be taken care of had some potential in the story. It could have lead to a dialogue on mental illness and mental health, but instead the episodes were chalked up to an aftermath of a blood magic practise.
There is no chemistry between Billie and any of her girlfriends. There seems to be a plasticity to the acting and the dialogue delivery sometimes falls flat as well. With just under two hours of run time, ‘Jagged Mind’ makes an attempt to tell a psychological thriller but it ends up being a watered down version of its initial idea. The darker frames are a struggle to view even on the brightest screen setting which results in the viewers relying on their auditory senses and imagination to make a sense of the ongoing scene.
There seem to be a lot of closeup shots and a jagged rendition of the scenes to display the character’s plight, but many of these shots and scenes take away the essence because it overpowers the story that is happening. Overall, the makes of the movie made a decent attempt at telling a psychological thriller story but it would have been more indulgent if the story was only about dementia and not magic. The story had a promising premise, but somewhere along the way it lost its vision.
JAL Rating – Jagged Mind Rating
JAL give ‘Jagged Mind’ a 2.5 rating. Have you watched this movie? What are your thoughts?