UNSANE Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, Amy Irving, Steven Soderbergh and thriller movie fans

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UNSANE Movie Synopsis

A young woman leaves her hometown to escape a troubled past and begin a new job. But when she is involuntarily committed to a mental institution she is confronted by her greatest fear — but is it real or just her delusion? With seemingly no-one ready to believe her and the authorities unable or unwilling to help, she must confront her fears head on.

With twisting perspectives and a shocking narrative, Unsane asks questions about our perception of reality, our survival instinct and the system that is supposed to take care of us.

UNSANE Viewer Rating: 3.5/5 ***

UNSANE Movie Review:

To be honest, this is one of those films where the trailer seems scarier than the film itself. Peps’ sister Clare was my movie kaki for this film, and she told me how she half-regretted saying yes, after finding out the genre. She thought this seem really similar to Misery (1990). I haven’t watched that, hence I’m gonna review this from my point of view!
unsane movie stillWhen I watched the movie, I had no idea that it was fully shot on iPhone! I definitely had no qualms about it, after all, most of the cinematography were reasonable and appropriate, given the context of the story. I love the way the scenes were shot, and there were so many instances where I could easily put myself in the main lead’s shoes, and feel what she feels. Claire Foy’s performance as harassed Sawyer Valentini was great, although her actions as the character were so extreme that I could see why she was treated like a mental patient.

What surprised me was actually the lack of jump-scares in Unsane. The suspense where the audience wonder if the stalking was a part of her imagination or for real didn’t take long to reveal. The whole hospital seems odd, putting patients who are supposedly unsound like Violet (Juno Temple) together with the other patients. It seems like only Sawyer was the only one who couldn’t accept the fact that she was detained because of her sanity, and the other patients just accept it without any questions.

Unsane Joshua LeonardJoshua Leonard plays an interesting stalker, David Strine, someone seemingly harmless and infatuated, but fatal in actual fact. I like how he interpreted this character, as well as the chemistry between Sawyer and David was well brought out, but the climax was let down too quickly. It felt rushed, same for Nate Hoffman’s (Jay Pharoah) exit. This felt like a 75-mark show which has the ability to go 90.

P.S. Check out for Matt Damon’s cameo appearance!

Do You Know?

Unsane ipHoneThe film was shot entirely with 3 iPhone 7 Plus camera in 4K using the app FiLMiC Pro, outfitted with three Moment lenses (18mm, 60mm, and a fisheye) in just 10 days. On occasion, he used the phone’s standard lens. The hospital scenes were filmed in Pomona, NY at the Summit Park Hospital that recently closed.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

UNSANE is out in cinemas on 19 April 2018.

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*Disclosure: Invitation by 20th Century Fox Singapore. No monetary compensation was received for the movie review.

9 thoughts on “UNSANE Movie Review”

  1. This sounds like an interesting movie. How cool that it was shot on an iphone, definitely a unique aspect. I don’t typically like scary movies but this sounds like more of a thriller that I could handle.

  2. This movies looks awesome in the trailer! and the fact that it is filmed on Iphone raises my curiosity, but reading your review I’m a bit disappointed, it is this still worth watching?

  3. I saw the trailer for this movie on YouTube while waiting for another video to start. I was intrigued, but it isn’t something I’d see in theaters. I had no idea it was shot on an iPhone!

  4. This was a great review, I am not for scary movies but I like that you said it lacked as many jump-scares as you thought. I do like a psychological thriller and this sounds like it it one! Awesome job.

  5. Ithfifi Williams / IthinityBeauty

    That’s really cool that it was all flmed on an iphone! I can imagine it can really add an interesting look to the movie. Seems odd there wasn’t much suspence, I think a good horror movie needs plenty of it!

  6. This looks like a great movie to watch. My husband would absolutely love this. I would love to watch this too.

  7. What a coincidence. I just read yesterday that the director Steven Soderbergh, won a Webby award for best Film & Video Person of the Year. Pity the storyline was a bit of a let down but filming everything on a phone is pretty amazing. Just shows you what can be done if you think outside the box

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