The Unexciting Medical Drama ‘Brain on Fire’ Plays Like An Episode of ‘House’ Without House

Did Lifetime reject this well-intended but dull movie as a pilot?

Brain on Fire (PG13) 

Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Armitage, Jenny Slate

Directed by Gerard Barrett

A young reporter (Chloë Grace Moretz) starts behaving erratically, but her doctor doesn’t seem to know what the cause is. He chalks her condition up to stress at work and her wild partying ways. (Or maybe she’s possessed by a demon?)

This sounds like an episode of House, except there’s no curmudgeonly Dr Gregory House limbing into the room, throwing sarcastic insults and cracking inappropriate remarks.

Carrie Anne-Moss and Richard Armitage co-star as the patient’s parents in a drama that has all the excitement of a rejected pilot for a Lifetime medical show.

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