Critic Consensus: Unsane unleashes Steven Soderbergh's inner B-movie maestro, wading into timeless psychological thriller territory and giving it a high-tech filmmaking spin.
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The formal playfulness may occasionally undermine Unsane's narrative tension, but it keeps the movie engaging on a visual level.
Above all, he revels, with palpable joy, in his repertory of distorted, disturbing, lurid yet lucid images, making a furious movie that signifies nothing but the irrepressible vitality of the cinema itself. Soderbergh's experiment is a success.
A serious movie about mental disorder and the insurance business would be ten times clammier and more disturbing than "Unsane."
Knowing that some of cinema's greatest performances are in B-movies, Soderbergh turns Unsane into a vehicle for Foy's ferocious presence.
In 2018, the questions women are asking of art like this are: What exactly are we being asked to consume, and why do we need to sit through it? The answer is, we don't.
Audience Reviews for Unsane
Soderbergh is a filmmaker who is always interested in exploring new possibilities and technologies, and here he uses an iPhone 7 Plus camera to make a barely decent genre exercise that has too many clichés but at least manages to be fun when relying on Claire Foy being a tough bitch.
Unsane is yet another well-struck thriller/horror-ish film that takes an original concept and bends it on its head. It's actually amazing to me just how much better these horror/thrillers are than they were a few years back. Whether that's because we have more of them then we used to and naturally there will be more good ones, or perhaps there's just more care given to the making of them. Either way, I'm sure as heck enjoying the resurgence. Some may say Steven Soderbergh's decision to film the entire production on an iphone may be "gimmicky" or just down right unnecessary, but they would be wrong. It's not that the film is scarier because it looks worse, but it certainly helps that you feel like this is a more human and personal story with just a cell phone being used. Is insane (or maybe unsane?) to think of how far we have come in filmmaking, but there's almost no excuse for young filmmakers to not explore their dream now that Soderbergh has paved the way for them to see their dream fulfilled. (It should be noted that Soderbergh wasn't the first person to do this, but he's certainly the most popular filmmaker to do it). Being involuntarily committed into a mental institution is unsettling as is, but the fact that your stalker may or may not be one of the employees in the institution, is just downright terrifying. And so the chaos and scares ensue. But for me, the psychological side of things becomes far more scary than a simple horror jump scare. It's these moments that make Unsane one of the best films of the year so far. 8.8/10
A fun thriller that keeps you a bit on-edge. In case anyone isn't aware, the entire movie was shot by Soderbergh on Iphones. For this reason, you will see a lot of day-for-night shots and strange angles. However, this movie provides a solid block of entertainment. The acting is workable and their are sequences that produce genuine thrills without the cheap use of jump scares. A huge recommendation for anyone looking to get their blood pumping in the theater.
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