Having a Roth Time of It
Why do people have such a negative opinion of TV movies, just because they may not have the budget or star power of big screen movies doesn't automatically mean that they are not entertaining. That brings me to "Committed" which has this entertaining set up of a psychiatrist finding herself in an institute where the doctors insist she is a patient rather than there to work. It is a set up which in some ways draws on the big screen movie "Shutter Island" but approaches it in an easy to watch TV movie sort of way for those who don't want to be forced to concentrate all the time on a movie.
Dr. Celeste Dupont (Andrea Roth - A Golden Christmas) has decided she needs some time away from the city and has arranged to work at the Millburn Psychiatric institute in an isolated country location. And all seems fine when she arrives, welcomed by the warm Dr. Quilley (Peter MacNeill - My Family's Secret) and his assistant Donneymeade (Liisa Repo-Martell), showing her around and meeting the patients who are referred to as guests. But all that comes crashing down when she is shown to her room in the same wing as the guests and she learns that she is there because following the death of her fiancee she suffered a nervous breakdown. Unable to leave Celeste is forced to try and make sense of why she is being kept against her will, adamant that she shouldn't be a guest whilst meeting the other doctors and guests. But as she spends time in the institute where guests are encouraged to be who they think they are she believes nothing is as simple as it first seems.
So "Committed" is a simple concept of a movie as we are lead to wonder what the truth is. Is Celeste really suffering from the illusion of thinking she is a doctor and is in truth a patient or has someone arranged for her to go there to be kept at bay by Doctors who are doing there job or maybe the patients have taken over the asylum as the old saying goes. It is no spoiler to say that as discovering what is going on is the whole mystery of the movie and what we watch is this sort of game as Celeste tries to escape the madness she finds herself in whilst uncovering what is really going on at the institute. It is because "Committed" manages to sow a seed of doubt over what is what that it works as whilst not the greatest of movies the mystery of what the truth is keeps you involved.
What also goes in the favour of "Committed" is the well chosen cast as not only is Andrea Roth attractive but she is a decent actress and does a good job of delivering the confusion over what is real and what isn't. But we also have Peter MacNeill as Dr. Quilley and MacNeill has such warmth as an actor, such a gentleness that whilst you wonder about his character you feel wrong to suspect him of being anything other than who he says he is. On the other hand Richard Burgi as Dr. Desmond has this imposing side which jars with his moments of gentleness which makes him quite a threatening and unsettling character. In fairness all the actors including those I haven't mentioned are occasionally prone to over acting but it is what you expect from a TV movie.
What this all boils down to is that "Committed" might not be the honed movie you will see on the big screen but it has a good storyline and a sense of mystery about it which keeps you involved in a need to work out what is exactly what.