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Times of India
Sarah (Kaur) is a psychologist who attempts to cure her husband's Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She enlists the help of psychiatrist Dr. Khan (Aman), who she also falls for. Unknown to her, Khan, a believer in 'Paranormal Psychology' had previously received a message in a seance asking him to help a woman named Sarah. Their story takes a strange turn when sinister events start to occur.
ME is a movie that probably started out as a decent idea on paper, but fell completely flat on its face in execution, in almost every possible way.
Sarah is really concerned about her spouse Aryan's (Satiish) OCD. Nonetheless, she has a strange way of showing her compassion and concern for him. She often mocks Aryan and taunts him, offering him scant sensitivity and compassion. When Sarah falls for Dr Khan and goes out to meet him, she waves a bottle of wine in her husband's face to make it clearly obvious about what her plans with Dr Khan are. When they initially meet, Khan does some kind of dodgy-looking hypnosis experiment on her to demonstrate how, to him, psychiatry and the paranormal can work in unison.
The sound mixing is amateurish. For example, you'll often hear the sound almost echoing during indoor scenes. There is an inexplicable tendency for unnecessary zoom-ins. Faces fill the frame to such an extent that the top of the character's head doesn't fit in the frame. The camera work is exceedingly amateurish. There is almost no sense of sense of flow in the way the actors deliver their lines. The quality of acting depicted is downright laughable.
During one scene before Sarah and Dr Khan get intimate, they are drinking vodka and wine, separately. She asks him something to the effect of what would happen if vodka and wine meet. This is supposed to sound seductive. Being a movie that is almost excruciating to sit through, ME fails to engage at any level. Do not waste your time and money on this ripe tub of tripe - it can be safely avoided.
OCD is a term that is loosely thrown about in day-to-day conversations and pop culture. It is a recognized anxiety disorder. However, OCD symptoms are divided between obsessions: recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges, or impulses, and compulsions: repetitive behaviors or mental acts that the individual feels driven to perform in response to an obsession.
According to the World Health Organization, anxiety disorders, like OCD, are more prevalent in developed countries than in developing countries.
Daniel Radcliffe, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Megan Fox and Justin Timberlake are all celebrities who have lived with OCD.
The movie opens with a seance scene where Dr Khan is with a group of friends and associates. He receives a message during that session containing the name of a woman he has not met as yet. And the message asks him to help her. Later, he meets the woman named Sarahn Kapoor at a function for psychologists and psychiatrists where she presents her thesis on OCD. Later on, the two get talking after the function winds up. Sarah is at once highly impressed by the psychiatrist and what he tells her about Paranormal Psychology. On her part, Sarah is a highly self-obsessed psychologist. She does however, want to help her husband get over his OCD and so she asks Dr Khan if they can meet sometime, to which he agrees to. Her husband's OCD does get on her nerves often and she berates him for the same. It is no surprise then that she finds the confident and straight-talking Dr Khan attractive. When the two meet, Dr Khan does a psychic experiment on her that will backfire later on, by creating a sort of doppelganger within her. At that time though, no one knows what effect the experiment that Khan does on her, has. As Sarah and Khan get closer, Aryan spirals into the depths of depression and confusion. This happens despite the two trying to spend some time as a couple and get closer in order to rediscover their intimacy. One night, when Khan and Sarah return to their room, she walks in front of him in the darkness after hugging him from behind and yet, when she goes in front of him later, there is still a woman hugging him. This freaks him out completely.
After becoming catatonic, his mother berates Sarah the next day, blaming her for not taking care of her husband. Aryan however, slowly recovers in time but it is clear that Dr Khan's efforts to cure Aryan have failed. But what does happen though is that Khan did not tell Sarah about the true nature of his experiment on her. Even after Khan and Sarah have been intimate, he doesn't reveal what he did with her (the Doppelganger effect) and Sarah is shocked but at the same time, embraces her Doppelnanger. As the movie ends, it is implied that Khan's specialty subject, that is, Paranormal Psychology, can be a line of treatment in some cases.