Coma (1978) 3.36/5 (2)


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Rating: The Ugly – 68.7
Genre: Thriller
Duration: 113 mins
Director: Michael Crichton
Stars: Michael Douglas, Geneviève Bujold, Ed HarrisRichard Widmark

Coma is an entertaining medical thriller in which Genevieve Bujold plays a doctor who begins to suspect foul play in her hospital when a number of surgeries leave the patients permanently comatose. As he later did with ER, Michael Crichton brings a level of technical authenticity to the script which helps to elevate the dramatic tension and Bujold responds with a strong vulnerability that helps the movie to engage on a more emotional level too. Michael Douglas offers strong support as Bujold’s politically motivated colleague and partner and there’s a nice chemistry between the two. Best of all, however, is the great Richard Widmark who gives a pitch perfect turn as the erudite head of the hospital whom all the doctors cower before. The whole thing plays out with the ease of those great 70′s thrillers which makes it a hugely compelling and satisfying watch. However, Coma ultimately pushes the boundaries of believability so far (in terms of premise and the actions of its characters) that regardless how engaging it is, a “guilty pleasure” (Ugly) warning must be attached.

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