A young woman leaves her hometown to escape a troubled past and begin a new job. When she is involuntarily committed to a mental institution she is confronted by her greatest fear – but is it real or just her delusion?
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Unsane is a great horror film as well as being an excellent experimental film with a fine narrative. About a woman with PTSD attempting to flee her stalker who winds up trapped in a mental institution, the film is intensely claustrophobic and suspenseful and is able to provide commentary and insight on a number of subjects and issues that are frighteningly contemporary and prevalent. [cont.]
The best thing about Unsane is that her sanity is never in question. She is clearly committed against her will. The worst thing about Unsane is the repetitive plot and thin characters that can't sustain the concept, and this thriller has an absence, of well, nicely-executed thrills. It's, however, not for a lack of trying to take it up a notch in the finale, yet it still lacks in pulse-racing, all-bets-are-off bite.
Steven Soderbergh bites off a ton with "Unsane" — his second post-retirement film — and rather than choking on all the weighty themes, he sufficiently gulps them down and lets you be the one to digest. This is a bone-chilling examination of gaslighting and the cruel disadvantage women have against fragile men and capitalist institutions, to the point where trusting yourself becomes a near impossibility. Still shaken
UNSANE is a sterling instance of a screenplay being wildly subverted, overhauled, dragged through the dirt by a visionary director pursuing just such a vision. It is a berserker screenplay that asks us to accept preposterous things and it can only work if the film itself goes full-on brainsick. The phenomenal utilization of new technology made me think of Vinterberg's FESTEN, to which it is in all respects superior.
better than expected. Soderbergh in full control here, and Claire Foy is very good. some good twists and the film works well as a thriller. a few minor missteps but it's more interesting than Logan Lucky. the iphone use works well for this story and it was never distracting for me, actually quite visually impressive at times. looking forward to what Soderbergh shoots on a phone next.
the inland-empire-esque drug freakout and that blue forest are some of the best images ive ever seen in a theater. speaking of which, i can't believe i saw a film this next-level in a chain theater. it's gorgeous
An earthquake made the theatre shake while I was watching, an absolute wonder of paranoic kismet. Such a fun style exercise that you can forgive the film's lack of focus when tackling its huge targets of satirical scrutiny (Health Care! The Opioid Crisis! MEN!) Nevertheless, I'll remember how I first saw the iPhone footage in blue... I can't believe I'm saying it but Mr. Soderbergh I think I love you.