Unsane is a psychological thriller about a woman who seeks a support group for trauma caused by her stalker and finds herself involuntarily held in a mental hospital. Things get worse for her when her stalker turns out to be an orderly at the hospital. Unsane stars Claire Foy as Sawyer Valentini, Joshua Leonard as her stalker, and fellow patients played by Jay Pharoah and Juno Temple. Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Magic Mike, Logan Lucky), Unsane will be in theatres March 23.
Let me get straight to the point, save yourself fifteen dollars and don't go to see Unsane. Unsane is the most unbearable and unengaging film in recent memory. There were audible sighs of relief when the audience realized the movie was finally over. In an era where 3 hour films are almost commonplace, the fact that a film can't keep the audience interested for 98 minutes is pathetic. It was uncomfortably bad to watch and felt like it dragged on. Aside from the abundence of plot holes, the movie was very straightforward. A psychological thriller needs to keep the audience guessing right up to the end of the movie when they make their final reveal, or just leave you hanging to decide for yourself. Instead Unsane is utterly predictable and clues in the audience too early. Clues might actually be too soft of phrasing, it was pretty explicit what was happening to Sawyer.
Chances are you will hear that Unsane was shot on an iPhone 7 Plus. It was, and you can tell. It looks like a low budget student film and does nothing to serve the purpose of the film. Tangerine was shot on iPhone, creating a visual aesthetic that fitted the seedy setting and gritty subject matter of a poor sex worker. I don't know whether it was an attempt to save money filming Unsane or something marketing can use to attract audiences, but it wasn't a wise artistic choice. The film didn't look good stylistically and the plot didn't grab me like it should have. All together a lackluster effort I would not have expected from the talent involved in this film.