Breaking Dawn (2004)

dir. Mark Edwin Robinson

Not to be confused with Breaking Dawn. Ahem. This non-vampire Breaking Dawn follows a medical student exploring the murder of a mental patient’s mother. Predictably, the patient’s psychosis begins to affect the medical student, as she finds herself wondering whether the supernatural figures she starts seeing are real, or whether she’s losing her mind. Breaking Dawn obviously fancies itself a probing treatise on the fragility of the human mind, but unfortunately the acting is so poor, the story so convoluted, the scares so pathetic, that it doesn’t carry the gravitas it’s aiming for. The film doesn’t even seem to be sure whether its protagonist’s name is Dawn or Eve. This lack of a grasp on basic storytelling is pervasive.

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