Unsane movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Psychological and violent, but not scary, Unsane isn’t exactly a horror movie, but more of a mystery-thriller. This movie is interestingly all shot on an iPhone, with spectacular direction and compelling performances.


After moving away from home to escape a man who’s been stalking her, Sawyer is involuntarily admitted to a mental institution where she must face her greatest fear.

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Movie details

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, Sarah Stiles, Amy Irving, Colin Woodell
Writer: Jonathan Bernstein, James Greer
Release Date (Australia): 25 April 2018
Runtime: 98 minutes/1h 38m
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

Thematic content includes a woman being admitted to a mental institution against her will and the woman being stalked by a man.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains violence in the form of depictions of stabbings that feature blood detail, a man implicitly attacking a woman with a hammer and a man breaking a woman’s neck.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains strong coarse language, including frequent and often aggressive uses of “f**k”. The word “c**t” appears in the subtitles once.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains several verbal references to drugs and a character’s previous opioid addiction and drug use.

Nudity (G)

A nude woman’s silhouette is depicted as she showers. 

Sex (M)

The film contains several crude verbal references to sexual intercourse and oral sex.

mpaa rating

R (for disturbing behavior, violence, language, and sex references)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Effectively shot on an iPhone and with a talented performance from Foy, Steven Soderbergh’s mystery-thriller is infuriating at times, but underwhelming at others. There’s no denying that it’s a great thriller, but the tension in the “horror” moments lack making you feel scared, which makes it more of just a mystery-psychological-thriller. It’s not exactly satisfying either.

Most of us may have at one point seen or known that there’s movies where the camerawork or the actual film it uses to produce a movie may be low-budget or sometimes nauseating, but it works for the tone and pace for some movies based on their subject matter. 2003’s Thirteen has jolty camerawork for its unpleasant themes and other action movies have effective quick shots during their action sequences. The point of this statement is to make it clear that the iPhone filming quality actually suits the overall tone, which is a bonus point for this film.

The story is pretty satisfactory and predictable for a horror movie though, but it’s actually very decent for a mystery-thriller. The depiction of nurses and the very medicated and restrained environment inside the ward also feels very real, but it’s just maddening to watch a sane character being manipulated by hospital workers who don’t believe a word she’s saying.

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