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96 Souls in select theaters and on VOD

Dwight Casimere | 6/1/2017, midnight
dcasimere@thetimesweekly.com What if you could see people's inner souls and discern their true thoughts and intentions? That's exactly the premise ...

dcasimere@thetimesweekly.com

What if you could see people's inner souls and discern their true thoughts and intentions?

That's exactly the premise of winter/director Stanley Jacob's 96 Souls now playing in selected theaters around the country and available on all VOD platforms May 30. Research scientist Dr. Jack Sutree (Grinnel Morris) has a lab accident while developing a compound that allows one to see smells, which can somehow be used in the fight against malaria and other deadly diseases. Exposed to his creation, he can suddenly visualize smells. He is further impacted when the ashes of his dead dog are blown into his eyes and he suddenly develops the superhuman power to see people's inner lives.

The results are wacky and make for an entertaining hour and fifty some-odd minutes of viewing. It t makes a while to get into the concept, but its just kookie enough to gram your attention long enough to be a willing participant in the madcap ride. Dr. Sutree sets about patching up things with his estranged wife, helping a homeless woman find her lost mother, and screening the jury members in an upcoming trial against his research lab's corrupt corporate founders.

It’s all delivered in a tongue-in-cheek manner and low-tech special effects that remind one of the campy science fiction movies of the '50s. It’s a fun movie that somehow gets in an underlying message about solving homelessness. If you're in for a light -hearted take on the issues of scientific ethics and social responsibility, this is your kind of movie.