Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard
Plot: A woman being stalked finds herself confined to a psychiatric hospital with her stalker
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release and make someone else rent it
This is one of those films where I find myself parting ways with most of the film critics of the world. I keep on hearing things like, "this is Steven Soderbergh's homage to B movies", and "this whole film was shot using an iPhone," and "this is an ambitious film." But here is the reality...
This film sucks.
The writing is horrendous, giving the actors nothing with which to work, the story is flat with not a single twist, and the reveal happens so early in the film that there is zero suspense for a good hour.
I love the fact that this movie was shot using an iPhone. Any time we can get closer to a normal person being able to create a blockbuster film is great. The issue isn't how it was shot, the issue is the crappy story that was shot. It still would have sucked if the whole thing was shot on RED. (That's the industry standard camera for Hollywood films).
Oh, and Matt Damon shows up for zero reason whatsoever.
Look, cameos are a lot of fun. Sometimes they are the best part of the movie. But this one was useless, it added nothing to the story, it didn't call back to any of Damon's other rolls, nor was it funny or ironic. In fact, the only thing his cameo did was pull me out of the story and focus on the fact that Matt Damon had a 60 second scene in a really bad movie.
Oh, by the way, for those of you that don't know the ins and outs of Film Critic Speak, "an ambitious film" is code for this totally sucks, but I can't say that because other critics have already said that they liked it and I don't want to look like I didn't understand it.
UNSANE will drive you crazy.