Anyone who loves Psychological movies should see Delirium. This movie left me on the edge of my seat questioning anything and everything. Topher Grace, who portrayed Eric Foreman on ‘That 70’s Show’ is the star of this 2018 thriller and gave a fantastic performance. A lot of people I know do not like thriller movies because of the adrenaline rushes or the thought that this could very much be a real life event, however, this is the very reason I love the thrill. As of now, you can find this movie on Netflix streaming.
Grace’s character Tom was a disturbed man who had been in an psychiatric hospital for the past 20 years based off something he and his brother did as children. Accused of playing a part in a girls death along with his brother Alex left Tom with some serious mental issues and being disowned by their parents. Being told that their mother left shortly after Tom and Alex were both locked away leaving their money hungry father alone.
After his wealthy father’s suicidal death, Tom is left a mansion that is bigger than preferred that has some very dark secrets. Tom is very close to freedom, however, he has 30 days to prove he is not a threat to society. There are a few rules he must obey by or he will go back to the psychiatric hospital…
Rule number 1: He cannot leave the house.
Rule number 2: He can not have guests.
Rule number 3: He must answer every phone call.
Shortly after, Tom meets a girl, Lynn (Genesis Rodriguez) who seems a little too interested in Tom and his past. Although she also seems like she would be a good ally to Tom. She seems to know more about what Tom is going through than the average person which leads them to having an unbreakable bond. However, I felt as if Lynn was an unneeded character or at least should have only been in a small portion of the movie. She helped Tom, but also wasn’t needed in the final of the film.
Throughout the movie, you can tell Tom struggles in knowing what is real, and what isn’t. Hearing noises, finding secret passageways and seeing gruesome things would leave anyone wondering… is it the house haunted by the spirit of his angry father? Or is it all in his mind? When Tom’s brother Alex who is played by Callan Mulvey randomly shows up, if leaves Tom troubled and confused. Alex was sentenced to life in prison which leads to Tom thinking it’s all in his head. However, his brother is there for one thing, and that is money. Money seems to be the one thing that brings out the worst in everyone. It was very conflicting since that was the only predictable outcome in the movie but you are also still trying to figure out if Alex is truly there.
When Tom is exploring the mansion he finds a secret passage behind a wardrobe that connects to every room in the house. So you could be in the house and no one would ever know. The only complaint I had about this film is, you are hearing noises and footsteps in your house, find the passage way and then not alert anyone. The thought obviously crossed Tom’s mind that he wasn’t alone in that house made it more confusing. Why not tell anyone? Especially Lynn who was very understanding who obviously wanted to be there for Tom.
Throughout this time, Tom is struggling with reality, and when he finds a passage under the pool it raises concern. This gives him the idea that he found where his father hid his money. When Alex starts to get violent with the idea of killing Lynn and repeating the past, Tom tricks him into going down the passage, as it turns out they find who was in the house. It turns out someone never left at all. This scene was very well done although, again, I thought Lynn was an unneeded character in this scene. As it turns out, Tom was not crazy and his deranged brother was there the entire time.
If you are a lover of Psychological Thrillers, I would very much recommend this one. It was very well made and the characters were very well done. I would rate this movie 8/10.