A tired format has been done better
There has been a lot of "mental health" stuff in the cinema recently,and in almost all cases the storyline has played a trick on theaudience in the manner of the brilliant "Sixth Sense". There is historyin this too with the Three Faces of Eve standing out as the way toentertain, enlighten and educate film goers.
Although "The Ward" is reasonably well done it just isn't disturbingenough at the personality level to convince. Perhaps that is down tothe acting but I would question a screenplay which is more about shocksthan about insight. Yes there are signposts along the way just as therewere in the Sixth Sense, but they are not as carefully constructed noras lovingly lingered with as they could and should have been. It seemedto me director Carpenter wasn't too convinced of the robustness of thestory told in a different, more true to life, way and instead took theroute most likely to shock people with it's "twisted" end.
Most of all I felt this film lacked claustrophobia, the shackles andchains that surround mentally disturbed people both in their minds andin the places where they are secured.
There was a lot of wasted talent here and that is a great shame.