Thanks to 20th Century Fox Australia, we got to see Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane ahead of its cinematic release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
Unsane follows a young woman named Sawyer Valentini, who moves to a new city to escape her stalker. Tormented by her experience, she sees her stalkers face in every person she meets. Unable to tell her work colleagues or even her mother, she decides to seek help from a local counselor. But what Sawyers believes as signing up for ongoing counseling sessions, turns out to be voluntarily committing herself into a psychiatric ward. Determined to prove her sanity in order to be released asap, soon turns into proving her stalker is in the building posing as the chemist, and spurring on questions of whether being fed an array of drugs is aiding her delusions or inhibiting her from running away from her worst fear, David Strine.
Unsane is a psychological thriller that feels unnervingly real in this day and age and Claire Foy does an exceptional job not playing a victim, but a strong and ferocious Sawyer Valentini, navigating her way though the madness. Not only does Foy captivate us, but she makes us leave the cinema feeling paranoid ourselves. What is real? Should we delete Facebook? Can I trust a person named Henry Bird? Seems like a fake name, no? All these questions are inevitable once you see Unsane.
On an aesthetic note, the film itself is devoid of any glamour having been shot on an I Phone 7, which, apart from the novelty and ambitiousness of shooting an entire film on a mobile phone, does a little bit more then the obvious, it gives you an eerie sense of the invasiveness of mobile phones. The familiar quality we’re so use to seeing everyday heightens our sense of engagement with Sawyers troubled life, almost as if we were watching a YouTube home video.
On another level, Unsane being shot on an I Phone is a testament to the idea that all you need is a good story and nothing else, and Steven Soderbergh is the perfect director to champion this notion. He’s constructed a well thought out thriller that effortlessly moves the story along, with no convoluted twists and turns. Soderbergh has forged himself as the master of B-grade entertainment, yet again proving you don’t need a blown out budget to keep punters hooked, just a good story and great acting, which Claire Foy delivers in spades, as well as the rest of the cast. So if you’re after being a little spooked and want to question your Facebook privacy settings, go seen Unsane.
Unsane – In cinemas now