Making a startling trip into thriller territory with Unsane, director Steven Soderbergh plunges audiences into the suspense and drama of a resilient woman’s (Claire Foy, The Crown) fight to reclaim her freedom even as she risks her own sanity.
What We Thought:
I really wish Steven Soderbergh shot Unsane like a regular movie because I would have loved it. It had potential to be this year’s Get Out, but I hated the style and look of the film. It was shot with iPhones and I give Soderbergh much props for trying new things, but the film was hurt by it to me.
The story and performances in the movie are great. You never know if Claire Foy’s character is nuts or has a stalker. There is just enough to keep you guessing and on your toes. Like Get Out, it users a horror/thriller to bring forth issues. This film is about stalkers and the mental health/insurance problems. Is Foy crazy or is the facility scamming insurance companies? With today’s technology, how easy is it for a stalker to follow someone and get a new identity? It makes you question things and guessing until the end.
Unfortunately I thought the movie looked terrible. Soderbergh is known for using color filters and I expected that. But add in the fact it was shot on iPhones and he added filters and other post production stylization and just didn’t like it. The director has always been towards the front of the line in using new technology, I just wish this was shot in a regular way. Others think differently, but everyone knows what they like.
Unsane is worth seeing because of the story and the performances. And even though I didn’t love the look, if you are a film nerd, it’s worth seeing so you have your own opinion on its style/look. I say give it a shot.
Cast & Crew:
- Claire Foy
- Joshua Leonard
- Jay Pharoah
- Juno Temple
- Aimée Mullins
- Amy Irving
- Steven Soderbergh