Unsane (2018) - Movie Review

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it real or a product of her delusion? (IMDB)

Rating: R
Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
Genre(s): Horror/Mystery/Thriller
Released: March 2018
Directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Written by Jonathan Berstein & James Greer
Starring Claire Foy as Sawyer Valentini, Joshua Leonard as David Strine, Jay Pharoah as Nate Hoffman, and Juno Temple as Violet.

 Please note that this review includes some minor spoilers.

Unsane is described as a horror/mystery/thriller film, but the only real horror in the film is how effectively it preys on some of the worst fears that women have. Ultimately I found it to just be a thriller that was trying to trick you into thinking it was a horror film. (Granted, it did decide to include the black guy stereotype…)

There are also numerous issues with the story itself. For example, if you are told your violent actions are extending your stay in a mental facility, why on earth do you keep attacking people? Also, I understand the facility apparently has a shady reputation among staff, but how on earth did no one notice anything wrong? If you are able to shut off your brain and just enjoy the ride though, Unsane is actually okay. The acting, especially by Claire Foy, is wonderful.

Rating: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 5.5/10


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