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March 2007


By Kam Williams


Cast: Thomas Cavanagh, Paget Brewster, Kyle Gallner, George Newbern, Kathleen York
Directors: Tony Krantz
Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
Run Time: 113 minutes
DVD Features:
Available Subtitles: English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Commentary by director Tony Krantz and writer Erik Jendresen
Interview with Tony Krantz
Interview with Erik Jendresen
Surgical Exorcism: cultural anthropologist Dr. Falk's webcast of a live surgical exorcism in the mountains of Peru
Trailer gallery  



Patients Questions Own Sanity in Thought-Provoking Sci-Fi Thriller

When George Grieves (Thomas Cavanagh) enters Mt. Abaddon Hospital the day after his 40th birthday for a routine colonoscopy, his chart, by mistake, gets switched with the man in the bed next to him. As a result, his surgeon performs an unnecessary, invasive operation on his chest, a medical error which is further complicated after an infection sets in and he has to lose a leg. 

While lying there trapped and waiting to recover, our protagonist comes to regret the original decision to have the doctor-recommended procedure. For he learns that his predicament is not all that uncommon, as there are about a million iatrogenic deaths per year in the U.S., the result of accidents by physicians during diagnostic procedures or treatment. 

In this case, the error takes a toll not only on the patient’s physical well-being, but also on the state of his mental health. George finds himself so frustrated in his efforts to get to the bottom of the incident that he first becomes paranoid and then gradually starts to question his own sanity. 

In the course of his investigation, he discovers that an abnormal number of  similar mishaps have been happening at Abaddon, a place where people come not to heal, but to die. This is the thought-provoking premise of Sublime, an impressive directorial debut by film producer Tony Krantz (Mulholland Drive). 

Relatively-sophisticated for a sci-fi horror flick, this psychological thriller scares the bejesus out of you while subtly using malpractice as metaphor for an unacknowledged aspect of American culture. As Krantz explains it, “I saw this as an opportunity to make a socio-political allegory and commentary on principally white, upper middle-class fear in our culture.” 

The cast includes Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs who everyone remembers as Freddie  “Boom-Boom” Washington from Welcome Back, Kotter.