I always like the films that try to explore the human mind. I surely have the hots for the Psychological thrillers. But the problem with such films is that they often operate on such a risky / absurd storyline that some where down the line we get to see a pretty bogus thriller instead of an exciting one. Shelter starts on a promising note and grows on me till the interval but then all of a sudden it decides to become a religion based thriller and throws out all the logics there after.
As I have already mentioned that Shelter do start on a very interesting note. Cara Harding is a Criminal Psychologist who is literally on a mission to deny Psychological excuses for any crime what so ever. In a turn of event she comes across a young man named David who happens to have 4 Multiple personalities in him and all of them being murder victims. She on the process of curing him or rather proving his identities wrong, starts digging dip before coming up with some serious dirt.
Till this point the story really takes itself seriously. But then all of a Sudden the Mystery story sacrifices all sanctity and becomes a Super Natural Religious thriller which really sucks. What really is more disappointing is that whatever suspense the story creates in the first half is given away with some petty Vodooish explanation.
The film scores some decent points on the acting department from the leading stars but the direction falls apart for more than once. Some scenes are spooky all right but once we figure out the reason the scare factor largely becomes dependent on the gimmicks.
All in all Shelter is not a bad film at all rather it's a wasted opportunity to create something worthwhile.
I am going 6 out of 10 for Shelter, it could have been much better had the makers shown better conviction.