THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

UNSANE (2018)


An interesting experiment by director Steven Soderbergh turns into an entertaining B movie with echos of Shock Corridor and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  Sawyer (Claire Foy) has moved away from Boston to start a new life in Pennsylvania because of a relationship that quickly turned into a stalker situation.  She’s having all sorts of trouble coping and while seeing a therapist she accidentally signs papers that voluntarily commit her for a seven-day stay at a mental institution (GOTTA read that fine print).  The staff sees Sawyer get more and more violent and pissed off that she’s even there – and so they question her sanity even more.  What’s worse is that she starts to believe that one of the attendants (Joshua Leonard) is the man who was stalking her in Boston.  Foy is excellent as Sawyer who is just unhinged enough to make us wonder if she really is a bit crazy, Leonard reminds one of a young John Goodman with his presence, Juno Temple is a nutty patient in the bed next door and Jay Pharoah of SNL is strong as another patient who seems to have his head on straight and gives Sawyer plenty of guidance as to how to play by the sanitarium’s rules and het out of there.  Oh, and there is a cameo by Amy irving as Sawyer’s mom trying to get her daughter out of the looney bin.  As for the experimental nature of Unsane, Soderbergh’s gambit of shooting on an iPhone 7 Plus works wonders with the spare, harsh story and surroundings.  We get some funky angles and shots here and there, but overall this technique works wonders.  Unsane might even work better on the small screen at home with the lights out.  Creepy.


TLA one word review: unsettling