Cox and Hirsch play father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young “Jane Doe,” they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.
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Effective thriller that makes the English language debut of director Ovredal (Troll Hunter). The setup and first 2/3 are simply great before giving into some genre stereotypes. Brian Cox is very well cast here. Scripting with its mix of medical procedure, the supernatural and potential witchery gives some arresting creepiness throughout. Well worth an evening's midnight watch.
An imaginative (shit, borderline brilliant) situation of a particular body in a movie, and of the concept of "the body" in the cinema itself. A few brave academics will doubtlessly be walking up one side and down the other of this somewhat fresh and definitively curious little genre movie. On the other hand: too-easy reliance on the hackneyed jump-scares, and it gets a little too cute. But the grisly stuff is aces.
Great cast and slick aesthetic for a small-scale chiller. An interesting concept that starts with a tense first act full of squirmy medical violence, followed by an intriguing second act as the mystery and paranormal elements are introduced. Then we get to the complete let down of a third act where all the steam is lost. Generic, predictable ending with "4:45 on a Friday" quality screenwriting. Come on, people.
What a waste of a great premise. The tension built in the first part is remarkable, but then all seems rushed to the "grand finale". Trying so hard to please the masses or the genre norms can fuck up a great idea. Great boobs tho...
The horror genre is often unfairly overlooked. The genre is so full of cheap, poorly made schlock that when a well crafted film like The Autopsy of Jane Doe pops along it feels like a breath of fresh air. Ovredal crafts an eerie, suspenseful and incredibly unique horror film. Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox are both fantastic and you really feel for their characters. This is one of the best films of the year!