Movie Title: Unsane
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 38 min.
Who did I watch with?: Mike and Keegan
Where did I watch it?: Regal Stadium 12 – Swansea, MA
Unsane’s premise seems pretty farfetched at first. Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) is feeling depressed. She has just moved to Pennsylvania from Boston and is suffering from what appears to be post-traumatic stress. In Boston she was stalked by a man and she now sees his face everywhere. It is impacting her quality of life. She goes to see a shrink in a hospital who tells her to fill out some routine forms after which she discovers that she has voluntarily committed herself for a twenty four hour observation period. She is pissed and is greeted by the staff with veiled threats. The facility is extremely poorly run. Many patients are put into a room at night with no supervision. One patient gropes her and she hits him. She gets sedated. The situation quickly escalates.
She then becomes involuntarily committed after she assaults a hospital worker in a fit of panic. Her stay is extended to seven days. One of the other patients named Nate Hoffman (Jay Pharaoh) has managed to smuggle in a cell phone. She uses the phone to call her mother and get her to visit. The next day while going through the line for prescriptions she discovers that her stalker is doling out the pills. She flips her lid. The movie then goes to some very strange and dark places.
The cast does not feature any huge names, but the acting is very well done. There is one giant cameo that took me by surprise. The movie is incredibly dark and original. I had no idea where it was going and I wasn’t sure how it was going to end. It did not go the way I expected it would. The premise becomes even more convincing when thinking about the ineptitude of the people put in place to run the systems in the movie. No one notices anything is wrong until things start to go very badly. Obviously I don’t believe all hospitals are run in this fashion, but impossible…I don’t think so.
It is an original, interesting, depraved little ride. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Evil Dead II (1987)