A bullied teenager gains the means to fight back when a botched faith healing bestows supernatural, shamanistic powers upon him. When his lifelong tormentors pull a prank that causes the death of someone he loves, the teen uses his newfound abilities for revenge and goes on a bloody rampage to settle the score.
What We Thought:
The Unhealer suffers from not being a big-budget flick. It has a great premise, but ultimately the acting just isn’t good. Although Natasha Henstridge, Adam Beach and Lance Henriksen have supporting roles in it, the rest of the cast isn’t good and it stars a Tik Tok personality I’ve never heard of because I don’t use it.
The premise is great though. A teen outcast called Trash Boy by bullies is healed of his condition by a healer using Native powers he shouldn’t have. When the bullies cross the line the boy realizes he can get his revenge with his new found abilities. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before, it’s a shame there couldn’t be better actors in it.
The bullies are stereotypical jocks with terrible dialogue. Even the girl who is friendly with the bullied boy and becomes his love interest is pretty one dimensional. There isn’t a lot of development and I don’t know if I really cared for anyone or rooted for anyone.
Despite the coverart wanting to look like Stranger Things, The Unhealer lacks all the positives of that show. Yes it’s similar with an outcast kid with powers, but this lacks fun and development. I was hoping this would be a nice under-the-radar flick to close out 2021 with, but unfortunately it just doesn’t live up to its fantastic premise.