Skip to content

Unsane

“Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then.”

[Philip K. Dick]

 

A psychological thriller about a self-admittment of Claire Foy in a clinic where her supposed stalker has utilized an insurance scam to keep her compliant. A pugnacious human being who foists herself into a week-long stint through a failure to read, a failure to articulate the situation, or simply walk out of the front door when her mother comes to visit. Instead, Foy concocts a plan with an absurd requirement for violence, trite thriller tropes that mirror back to more able works, poor writing intended to invoke as humor,  and stalker with a penchant for expedited clotting and a proficiency in playing hide-and-seek. In the end, the film jettisons the only interesting elements of insurance fraud and euthanizes itself by taking The Departed option and just killing everyone. Michael O’Sullivan (Washington Post) does not pull any punches: “a lazy, B-movie horror flick inexplicably full of A-listers.”

Like so many things Steven Soderbergh, he takes a single interesting premise, converts it into a tantalizing promotional campaign, and then delivers a disappointment that lacks the completeness and originality that was originally promised. I’ve been managing my expectations for a long time because this patter has become all too familiar (e.g. Logan Lucky, Haywire, Contagion – that said, Side Effects & Behind the Candelabra was good). The gimmick in this film is that it was entirely shot on an iPhone 7 Plus; which is perfect, since we need more citizen moviemakers turning their Apple products into an opportunity for self-promotion at the expense of able content and truth.

unsane filming

What does not disappoint is Claire Foy — playing an unyielding “young American woman with a dirty modern mouth and a mind unschooled in regal stoicism” — her post-traumatic stress disorder leaves only bodies in her wake regardless if she finds them on Tinder or through other self-destructive devices. After The Crown, Foy is poised to have a big 2018 with her parts in Damien Chazelle’s First Man and The Girl in the Spider’s Web. What remains to be seen is whether she follows in the path of Rooney Mara or Saoirse Ronan in choosing to play those roles that highlight her acting or those roles that highlight her celebrity. I hope it’s the former.

Anthony Lane (New Yorker) gets this one right:

a serious movie about mental disorder and the insurance business would be ten times clammier and more disturbing than “Unsane.”

In the proverbial words of George Costanza, Soderbergh does it again: “not showing off, not falling behind.”

RATING: C

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow us on Instagram

If you’re not reading @brightwalldarkroom, you should be. ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ The film is as messy, flawed, and in need of forgiveness as its human characters. It asks us to perform the act that the film holds as one of the ultimate human actions. But forgiveness, like the sky’s frog-giveness, doesn’t solve everything. The past still haunts. Forgiving is not forgetting. We still have to “play it as it lays.”⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #film #films #movie #movies #cinema #hollywood #entertainment #celebrity #celebrities #cinephile #filmnews #drama #action #horror #filmcritic #oldhollywood #newhollywood #indies #indiefilms #studio #boxoffice #pop #popstar #entertainment #filmhistory #paulthomasanderson #forgive #forgiveness
Nineteen films (four directing by women: “best showing since 2011”) are in contention for the Palme d’Or at this year’s #Cannes #Film #Festival, which runs from May 14 to May 25. The history of a filmmaker at this festival can offer wisdom as to who could be out front to win the coveted Palme d’Or. Seven of the entries are by filmmakers that have been honored during past closing ceremonies. Newcomers to Cannes could end up being big winners with three filmmakers making their first appearance on the Croisette and another four having their films shown for the first time in competition. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣[SOURCE: Gold Derby] ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #film #films #movie #movies #cinema #hollywood #entertainment #celebrity #celebrities #cinephile #filmnews #drama #action #horror #filmcritic #oldhollywood #newhollywood #indies #indiefilms #studio #boxoffice #pop #popstar #entertainment #filmhistory #cannesfilmfestival
Steven Spielberg has broken his silence on his reported plan to ask the Academy's board of governors to vote for a new rule that would combat simultaneous awards-contender releases on streaming platforms and in movie theaters, saying in a statement that he wants everyone to have access to great movies but also that he wants to see movie theaters survive.⁣⁣ [SOURCE: @hollywoodreporter] ⁣ If movie theaters want to survive, they need to stop charging patrons the monthly cost of a Netflix subscription & redeem the monthly membership idea @moviepass tried (until the math caught up). That said, people should dumb @Netflix and get on the Criterion Channel! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #film #films #movie #movies #cinema #hollywood #entertainment #celebrity #celebrities #cinephile #filmnews #drama #action #horror #filmcritic #oldhollywood #newhollywood #indies #indiefilms #studio #boxoffice #pop #popstar #entertainment #filmhistory #criterionchannel
Three intriguing releases not to miss this year from the freshman horror phenoms Ari Aster (“Hereditary”), David Robert Mitchell (“It Follows”), & Robert Eggers (“The Witch”).⁣⁣ Although, the middle child isn’t having much luck with critics, standing at 53% thus far (via @rottentomatoes). As a side note, we’ve mentioned @florencepugh in the past and will repeat it again: THE. GIRL. CAN. ACT. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #film #films #movie #movies #cinema #hollywood #entertainment #celebrity #celebrities #cinephile #filmnews #drama #action #horror #filmcritic #oldhollywood #newhollywood #indies #indiefilms #studio #boxoffice #pop #popstar #entertainment #filmhistory #underthesilverlake #midsommar #thelighthouse
%d bloggers like this: