"Unsane" Movie Review
In many cases, when, where, and how you watch a movie can heavily contribute to how you process, internalize, and determine whether you enjoy the movie or not.
With that said, there's a place for Unsane in the independent filmmaking world. This movie documenting the paranoia of it's lead character through the organic lens of iPhone filming might appeal to an artsy-oriented audience at film festivals perhaps. But it lacks the entertainment competency to qualify as an engaging mainstream release.
The concept behind this psychological thriller is certainly intriguing. It bounces viewers back and forth between who is and isn't crazy, reaching a fever pitch that is, in fact, psychologically thrilling.
The problem up to that point is pacing. Slow and dry scenes dominate most of Unsane's narrative, making it very difficult for most casual moviegoers to feel that sense of fear and suspense as advertised. Additionally, very basic filming techniques and a problematic lack of soundtrack further devoid the movie of much needed production development.
By the time the movie gets interesting, I was mentally checked out, irked by the fact that the only thing more unsane than the movie's premise is how unfun it can be to watch.
Acting and Casting - 2 | Visual Effects and Editing - 1 | Story and Message - 1 | Entertainment Value - 0 | Music Score and Soundtrack - 0 | Reviewer's Preference - 0