Trauma (2004 film)


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Directed by Marc Evans
Produced by Nicky Kentish Barnes
Jonathan Cavendish
Written by Richard Smith
Starring Colin Firth
Mena Suvari
Naomie Harris
Sean Harris
Neil Edmond
Music by Alex Heffes
Cinematography John Mathieson
Nic Sadler
Edited by Mags Arnold
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • 17 September 2004 (2004-09-17)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Trauma is a 2004 British psychological thriller directed by Marc Evans and written by Richard Smith.


Ben (Colin Firth) awakens from a coma to discover his wife has been killed in a car accident. A few weeks later, Ben is out of the hospital and, attempting to start a new life, he moves home and is befriended by a beautiful young neighbour Charlotte (Mena Suvari). Haunted by visions of his dead wife, Ben starts to lose his grip on reality.


Critical reaction

The film is described by critics as a psychological thriller in the same vein as David Cronenberg,[1] Memento,[2] and Jacob's Ladder;[3] however, most find that the film pales in comparison, with Eye Weekly calling it "just another pretentious Jacob's Ladder knockoff.[4]" The film has been described as stylish, with iofilm calling it "a triumph of style over content.[5]" Shadows on the Wall adds, "Evans fills the screen with... moody, atmospheric, and evocative visuals,[2]" and says the film has "The Ring-inspired creepy imagery.[6]"

Neil Young's Film Lounge describes the film's visual in this way: "Evans (along with cinematographer John Mathieson, production-designer Richard Smith and editor Mags Arnold) tries desperately to jazz everything up, deploying all manner of distorted visuals - extreme camera angles and close-ups, plus over-atmospheric lighting effects and jagged cuts - in a strenuous attempt to get us into Ben's tormented state-of-mind.[7]"

Colin Firth's performance is the most praised aspect of the film. "He delivers a performance which highlights the range of his considerable talent[1]" cites one critic. eFilmCritic says Firth "does the best with what he's given[8]" and iofilm says, "Firth puts in a sterling performance in the central role.[5]" Reel Film Reviews adds "Firth's performance, not surprisingly, is the best thing about the movie, and the actor does a nice job of portraying Ben's increasing paranoia.[3]"

Film festivals

Listed Chronologically


  1. 1 2 "Trauma" Review, Tiscali
  2. 1 2 Rich Cline, "Trauma" Review, Shadows on the Wall
  3. 1 2 David Nusair, "Trauma" Review, Reel Films Reviews
  4. Jason Anderson, "Trauma" Review, Eye Weekly
  5. 1 2 "Trauma" Review, iofilm - film inside out
  6. Christopher Null, "Trauma" Review,
  7. Neil Young, "Trauma" Review, Film Loungue
  8. Scott Weinberg, "Trauma" Review,
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