DIRECTORs: steven soderbergh (erin brockovich, ocean's 11, logan lucky)
STARRING: claire foy, jay pharoah, joshua leonard, and juno temple
REVIEWER: Lyall carter
Sawyer Valentini relocates from Boston to Pennsylvania to escape from the man who's been stalking her for the last two years. While consulting with a therapist, Valentini unwittingly signs in for a voluntary 24-hour commitment to the Highland Creek Behavioural Centre. Her stay at the facility soon gets extended when doctors and nurses begin to question her sanity. Sawyer now believes that one of the staffers is her stalker - and she'll do whatever it takes to stay alive and fight her way out.
This is Steven Soderbergh's grand film making experience. Shoot a feature film entirely on an iPhone. And he pretty much pulls it off.
Sawyer has moved to a new city to escape her stalker. After talking to a therapist, Sawyer is sectioned and placed in a behavioural centre. As she reacts, sometimes violently, to her new surroundings the medical staff are convinced that she is in fact insane and her stay at the facility increases in length. As she becomes accustomed to the patients and the staff, Sawyer is convinced that her stalker has infiltrated the facility to continue his reign of terror in her life.
Unsane is classic B - movie psychological thriller which is not meant to be a slight on the film but a compliment. Soderbergh seems to thrive in the freedom of this environment with bold choices in his direction throughout.
The only thing that slightly lets down Unsane is that the story, even though it is riveting, is a little too predictable. The classic psychological thrillers that you remember do something new with the premise, they surprise you, and unfortunately Unsane doesn't surprise.
Claire Foy. Well you couldn't get more removed than playing Queen Elizabeth than this role and Foy is quite brilliant to the point that you forget that she ever had a posh, English accent and has been hanging out with Matt Smith for twenty odd episodes of Netflix's The Crown.
Although riveting with a brilliant lead performance from Claire Foy, Unsane rarely surprises or does anything new with the psychological genre.