The body count mounts in Istanbul to generally entertaining effect in "Shattered Soul," a slick psychothriller that would be much better at under, rather than over, two hours. Pic borrows some of its visual look from Yank TV fare like "CSI" but manages to make its content thoroughly local. Crime, fantasy and noir fests should seek out this curio.

The body count mounts in Istanbul to generally entertaining effect in “Shattered Soul,” a slick psychothriller that would be much better at under, rather than over, two hours. Very typical of the Turkish industry’s current drive toward more commercial fare, pic borrows some of its visual look from Yank TV fare like “CSI” but manages to make its content thoroughly local. Crime, fantasy and noir fests should seek out this curio.

Amputated legs and blood-drained corpses are turning up all over the Golden Horn, and investigating cop Fatih (vet Tamer Karadagli) suspects a woman who goes by the name of “Dilara.” Meanwhile, Fatih’s new U.S.-educated colleague, Doruk (Levent Uzumcu), an expert on serial murders, is troubled by strange behavior from his wife, Beyza (Demet Evgar), who works at a child day care center and has strange dizzy fits. Complicated plot manages to stir Islamic fundamentalism in with child abuse and schizophrenia, but starts to lag during the final act. Taken at the level of pulp psychology, film is a well made time-passer, with a strong whiff of early Brian De Palma. Aside from occasional eye-rolling, Evgar is OK in a multifaceted role.

Shattered Soul

Turkey

Production

An Altioklar Prods. production. (International sales: Altioklar, Istanbul.) Produced by Mehmet Altioklar, Elif Dagdeviren Guven, Cuneyt Ortan. Executive producers, Emine Altioklar, Bulent Helvaci. Directed by Mustafa Altioklar. Screenplay, Altioklar, Ebru Hacioglu, Nukhet Bicakci, from a concept by Cuneyt Ortan.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Soykut Turan; editors, Erhan Acar Jr., Gurol Filiz; music, Fahir Atakoglu; production designer, Asli Tumen. Reviewed at Istanbul Film Festival (competing), April 14, 2006. Running time: 133 MIN.

With

Tamer Karadagli, Demet Evgar, Levent Uzumcu, Arda Kural, Haldun Boysan, Engin Hepileri, Berrak Tuzuntac, Asli Bayram, Damla Basak, Salih Guney, Mine Cayiroglu.

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