Room 6 (2006)

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A young woman's world is turned upside down after a tragic accident steals away her boyfriend. The walls of reality continue to crumble as the troubled woman and a fellow victim try to track down their loved ones at a mysterious hospital which should not exist. --IMDb
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Review by Chad
Added: January 28, 2009
I'm not sure what it was about Room 6 that sucked me in even after I read the plethora of negative reviews surrounding it. Perhaps it was the trailer, a quick preview of a film that certainly looked promising regardless of what damned near every monkey with a keyboard was saying about the final product. Maybe it was the fact that I occasionally like to take a risk on these universally-despised flicks, or maybe it was just because I wanted to see how the former Melody of Nickelodeon's Hey Dude was holding up these days. Whatever the cause was, I went ahead and fired this one up last night, and the results... well, you should know by now that I throw down a synopsis before getting into that, so let's get started.

There's a lot going on in this storyline, so I'm just going to give you kids the basic outline and let you choose whether or not to dive into the entire thing for yourselves. Basically, we've got a loving couple - Amy (Christine Taylor) and Nick (Shane Brolly) - who have just moved into a new apartment and who are also on the verge of finally getting married. Of course, things change in a hurry when the two get into a car accident one day, but even though Nick got a broken leg out of the deal and ignoring the fact that they're going to have to spend a small fortune on car repairs, it was nothing too terribly serious.

An ambulance soon arrives to take Nick to the hospital, and unfortunately for Amy, the law states that she can not ride along with them. So, like any good girlfriend would do, she immediately finds herself a cab and tells him to take her to the nearest hospital. When she gets there, she discovers that Nick was never admitted to this particular hospital - rather bizarre considering that it's just a couple of blocks away from the scene of the accident, but who knows, maybe they took him to another one? Well, after calling around, she discovers that Nick isn't at any of the hospitals in the city.

Enter Lucas (Jerry O'Connell), the fellow who was driving in the other car in that accident, and also a man whose sister was taken away by the same ambulance. The two work together to get to the bottom of this mystery, and meanwhile, we get to watch as Nick slowly comes to terms with the fact that he is in one hell of a bizarre hospital. We see that the other patients there are deathly afraid of the nurses, and oddly enough, those nurses sure do require a lot of blood samples... if only his girlfriend can get him out of here before they drain him dry...

I know what you're thinking: those nurses are vampires, the hospital is their secret hideout, and I just spoiled the entire movie for you. Well, no, not at all. Thankfully, there are no vampires to be found in this film, but after seeing where the filmmakers decided to go with this storyline, I think that it would have been better off with them. You see, the storyline (including the grand revelation) has been done before and it was nothing terribly original, but it had the potential to provide about ninety minutes of entertainment. The problem here is that the filmmakers took this simple yet entertaining concept and ruined it by throwing in a little bit of this and a little bit of that in an attempt to... well, hell, I don't know what they were going for.

The overall film is sort of like the bastard child of Jacob's Ladder, The Sixth Sense, and Silent Hill. Sounds interesting, right? Well, this part of the movie was, until they decided to throw in the obligatory creepy little girl that drops cryptic one-liners faster than Lindsay Lohan is dropping the pounds. I could deal with that, but then we meet the token white trash family that the aforementioned little girl calls her parents. How about the nurses that came straight out of the Saw advertising campaign, and let's not forget the gratuitous nudity / lesbian makeout scene with those lovely ladies in white. The elderly man who knows what's going on but is afraid to talk? Accounted for. Random hallucinations of terrifying demons? Check. A handful of "it was all a dream!" moments are thrown in for seasoning, and of course, it's all capped off with the time-tested twist ending that... well, it worked in the movie that it was stolen from, but it didn't fare quite as well here.

As far as the acting goes, I have to admit that I enjoyed Shane Brolly even though he got the short end of the stick in terms of screen time. I can't say that he was phenomenal or anything silly like that, but I also can't say anything negative about his appearance. Moving on to leading lady Christine Taylor, I enjoyed her in Hey Dude and she's still cute as a button, but I just wasn't feeling her performance here. I won't say that she was downright horrible and she did have her moments, but I do believe that another actress would have handled the role in a much more enjoyable fashion. Jerry O'Connell, on the other hand, turned in one of the worst performances that I have seen in quite some time. Now, I've seen the man in other movies and while he isn't exactly in my top five list of best actors, I never thought that he was out of his league in said movies. Maybe he was just showing up for the check or maybe he was having a rough month, but whatever the cause, the man stunk up every scene that he showed his face in. There were times when I was literally cringing at just how awful he was, so needless to say, this dragged the movie down for me.

Room 6 is not a terrible movie, but it does skirt the edges from time to time. It could have been an enjoyable if not overly memorable flick had they stuck to the basic concept, but it seemed like the filmmakers went down a checklist of "neat scenes in other horror movies" and tried to incorporate them all into this one. It's really quite a shame because the film did have potential, but all of the extra baggage and the lack of proper actors dragged this one down to a 4/10.
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