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Every time Claire Foy is not on the screen, the calibre of acting in _Unsane_ drops to laughable. I’m glad that Soderbergh is able to put together films for the seven-figure price range, but the fact of the matter is that the camera on an iPhone just isn’t that good. It’s decent enough to (in most scenes) get the visuals across, but never decent enough to not be a distraction. _Unsane’s_ tale is relatively well told, but also something that’s been done before, and considering the man in the director’s chair, something that probably should have been done better too.
_Final rating:★★½ – Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole._
Have to be honest, I had no idea this was filmed on an iPhone 7 or that it was directed by Steven Soderbergh. I was stuck for something to watch on cable the other night and I liked the sound of the plot premise. So unburdened by expectation of a searing horror classic I settled in to see what unfolds.
Plot has Claire Foy as Sawyer Valentini who inadvertently commits herself to a mental health institution. Once inside things being to unravel and the threat of her one time stalker now being even close to her opens up the book of terror – but is it real?
Firstly you have to say that the mental health authorities must have had kittens when they saw this, much of what is on screen is utterly ridiculous and paints the system in a damning light. Secondly you really have to jump on board with the improbability of it all, this really is made for dramatic entertainment purpose and not as a viable horror of the real world.
As a thriller it worked for me, the constant question of what is real or not keeps things on the slow burn. Either way, real or not, it’s thought provoking enough to warrant staying till pics end. The psychological angle is pungent enough to say there’s some thought in the writing, though this is undone by utter nonsense as things spiral into the impossible for the final quarter of film.
Foy is good value up front and the fulcrum of it all, while elsewhere good work comes from Nate Hoffman and it’s nice to see Juno Temple in a spicy role. Ultimately this is no blood letting horror picture, and certainly it’s no One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Girl Interrupted etc etc.
The iPhone experiment is a gimmick that works here due to the confines of the location for story, but as a genre piece of worth it is unlikely to have legs. However, even though I enjoyed this as a one time only viewing experience, I perfectly understand why it has become divisive. So for those who haven’t seen it yet then it is advised you understand this is no terrifying thrill a minute piece. It’s tricky to recommend with any sort of confidence, and thus I feel the internet ratings of about 6.5/10 is just about right. 6.5/10
Plenty of Promise, but is ultimately a bit Unsatisfying
With most of Steven Soderberg’s movies, he tells stories in a way that makes viewers unsure of what exactly is going on. Unsane is like that. The title indicates that the main character might be insane but also might not be insane.
Well, it turns out the this movie has an excellent title because that’s pretty accurate summation of the movie. A bit longer summation goes like this: the main character might be insane but also might not be insane but some people think she is insane but she makes some erratic choices so she cannot convince everyone that she’s not insane but maybe she does that because she actually is insane.
Sawyer Valentini (a strikingly unhinged Claire Foy) seems normal enough at first glance. She works a steady financial analyst job at a bank. She has a loving relationship with her mother. She goes on Tinder dates. But she’s troubled by someone from her past, a man who has been stalking her for the past two years. She has difficulty dealing with the stress, so she turns to medication and therapy to cope.
In her conversation with a therapist, she casually mentions that she’s had suicidal thoughts in the past. The therapist exploits this casual mention and tricks Sawyer into signing a waiver voluntarily committing herself to 24 hours of observation at the clinic.
Once inside, things become increasingly frustrating for Sawyer and even more so for viewers. She lashes out violently multiple times and ignores the advice of one helpful patient recovering from an opioid addiction, Nate, (Jay Pharoah showing off impressive dramatic acting chops), which subsequently gives the staff reason to extend her stay an additional week. Her inability to control her temper makes viewers wonder if she really does belong there.
That’s as much as I can reveal without introducing spoilers. I can say that movie is a bit of a slow burn early on. Then the action picks up in a big way.
The story veers in a different direction, which causes some problems because we miss backstory that would have tied the story together in a neater, more affecting way. As it stands, the movie has a lot going on, but no part feels fully developed. Foy’s lead performance and Soderberg’s filmmaking keeps the film watchable throughout, but ultimately, it all feels a little unsatisfying.
Snatching Mediocrity from the jaws of Intrigue
There’s a part of me that absolutely adores it when a filmmaker goes the experimental route and tries something that’s never really been done before.
And while this isn’t the first time this sort of filming technique has been used for a film, I had to say, I was rather intrigued when I was sitting down for “Unsane”, the new film by Steve Soderbergh (‘Ocean’s Eleven’, ‘Contagion’, ‘Magic Mike’).
To explain: ‘Unsane’ was entirely filmed on an iPhone 7 camera in only ten days, which is incredible in that it was made entirely in secrecy by a big name director such as Soderbergh. The budget also barely pokes over $1 million total. By all accounts, this is as INDIE as a big name director can get.
So you probably will start asking yourself: “How does it look?”
To me…I think the film would have been LESS interesting if it was filmed in the typical method of high quality digital cameras. I know I always use the term “nightmarish” to describe claustrophobic cinematography in films, but this film looks like a NIGHTMARE. Fluorescent lighting and angles look warped and distorted, as if our characters are living in a German expressionist film, close ups look terrifying as we see every emotional detail of these characters in sketchy quality that only a phone camera could really capture in full. The whole film looks like a fever dream, and unlike ‘Tangerine’ (The first feature film to be filmed on an iPhone), this film truly has a “reason” to be filmed in this style.
To me, the experiment Steve Soderbergh tested here WORKED. The cinematography is its own style, and when a film can define itself with that sort of technique, it has certainly succeeded.
Going hand-in-hand with this great cinematography is the surprising performance by Claire Foy, who is admittingly quite good in her role of a person you have to decide if you think is crazy or not crazy. She does have a few slip-ups where you can hear her British accent come out…but other than that, she is a convincing central character and I bought every emotion coming out of her.
So it probably sounds like I really enjoyed this film thus far, correct?
The problem is, I enjoyed the first TWO-THIRDS of this film. After that, I think this film absolutely falls apart and loses everything I thought it had going for it.
A certain sequence in the film that looks absolutely SPECTACULAR is really the last time I connected with the film before a certain plot detail and twist begins to make itself apparent. As it began to unfold, I thought “There’s no way they’d go with something THIS stock and basic…”
Unfortunately, they do, and by the time the film is running-down its last 15-20 minutes, my intrigue had been sapped and I was left simply to watch a film that was going through the motions. A crime that films can commit is being “Bad”, for sure, but a worse crime a film can commit is being “Boring”. The third act of this film is guilty of exactly that. It’s stock and went exactly as I predicted it would, which truly hurts.
And let us discuss THE ENDING, which I think may be one of the worst of the last few years, right alongside ‘The Devil Inside’, ‘Skyline’ or ‘The Florida Project’. The ending is such a sloppy and slapdash piece of cinema that I really wonder WHY they even bothered to shoot it. It’s boring, cliche, has yet to really make much sense to me since I saw it (I saw this film on Tuesday, by the way…), it looks TERRIBLE in comparison with the rest of the film, and leaves us on a freeze-frame shot that looked completely unplanned and clearly done as a way to say “Yep! That’s the end!”. While I could’ve seen something more developed working in a similar vein, this just felt awful and like a last-ditch effort to end the film in an ‘unresolved’ manner, which this film never had the course for after its third act. Simply awful.
In the end, I left this film feeling extremely disappointed, really. I was enjoying the film quite a bit up until a certain point, where everything just seemed to fall into the pits of the cliched and been-there-done-that. Perhaps it was partly my fault for expecting more out of a film that promised a unique look and story about sanity, but in the end, I can blame the film as well for squandering such an incredible opportunity to make an interesting psychological thriller/horror film with such a weak third act. It PAINS ME that this film couldn’t be good all the way through.
…THAT SAID…I really cannot say enough about the cinematography in this film. Steve Soderbergh’s work in this (Yes, he directed AND filmed this!) looks absolutely stellar, even for an iPhone camera, and makes it worth seeing just for curiosity’s sake alone. I feel it works far better than it did for ‘Tangerine’, and clicks with me on a level that it puts you in the perspective of our protagonist, who is struggling with her sanity in a place that is a proverbial nightmare. The film looks like a bad dream, and in the end, that appealed to me on that level of loving to see experimenting in film.
It’s just a shame that the intriguing experimentation meant a sacrifice for an intriguing story and third act. This could have been a far better film than it was. In the end, it lands somewhere in the middle for me…though I REALLY wish it didn’t…
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min)
Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director Steven Soderbergh
Writer Jonathan Bernstein, James Greer
Actors Joshua Leonard, Claire Foy, Sarah Stiles, Marc Kudisch
Awards 1 win & 5 nominations.
Production Company New Regency, Extension 765
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.56 : 1
Camera Moment Lens, iPhone 7 Plus
Laboratory Goldcrest Post, New York (NY), USA (picture finishing)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format H.264
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format), FiLMiC Pro Log (2160p), H.264 (2160p) (source format)
Printed Film Format DCP