Note: This review was contributed by James Rocchi.
Theaters have been crowed with ‘puzzle films’ for a while now – movies like Abandon, Jacob’s Ladder, The Sixth Sense, The Usual Suspects. Stay, written by David Benioff and directed by Mark Forster, is yet another in the genre. Headshrinker Sam Foster (Ewan McGregor) has a new patient, Henry Lethem (Ryan Gosling), who says he’s going to kill himself in three days time. This makes the Doc uncomfortable – especially as his girlfriend Lila (Naomi Watts) tried to off herself not too long ago.
Henry’s smart, moody and unpredictable. Sam’s only taking the case over because Henry’s original shrink is missing in action. But Sam feels ready for the task: “I’ve read your file.” Henry shoots back fast: “Can I read your file?” As Sam takes on the case, though, he starts having weird … visions ... that start haunting him and bizarre coincidences he can’t reconcile. If Henry’s parents are dead – as Henry claims – then who was that woman at Henry’s old address? Why does Henry keep flashing back to a car wreck on the Brooklyn Bridge? Why does Henry claim that Sam’s blind chess partner, Dr. Leon Patterson (Bob Hoskins) is his deceased father?