March 28, 2018 Movies

‘That I-phone movie!’ 

Yep, Unsane was shot entirely with an iPhone 7 Plus. It’s not a new thing having a filmmaker shoot a theatrical feature using just a phone, but never has it been done by someone so well-established.

Steven Soderbergh’s (Ocean’s Eleven, Logan Lucky) new way of filmmaking surprisingly added to the drama, helping bring tolife the paranoia of the protagonist.

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The said protagonist is Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy from TV’s The Crown), who’s Tinder date ends badly after she’s reminded of a stalker (Joshua Leonard) from her past.

Haunted by her memories, Valentini speaks to a counsellor at her local mental-health facility. Before you know it, she’s asked to take drugs and strip down into her underwear. It turns out, she had inadvertently signed a form stating that she’d voluntarily committing herself for 24 hours.

Under tremendous stress, she attacks one of the doctors just hours later – resulting in a longer stay. Things become even worse for her after she convinces herself that the stalker has become a member of staff at the facility.

The best thing going for Unsane is Claire Foy’s captivating performance. From the start, she hooked me in. I felt her pain and because of that, I genuinely cared for the character’s safety.

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One criticism is that the question of whether or not her stalker is indeed working at the mental-health facility is answered too quickly. It’s a shame, as the story really picked up once this development surfaced.

Before walking into my screening, I thought my biggest issue may have been with the unique filmmaking style (using a phone), whereas it was the editing I mostly had problems with. It’s almost like Unsane was edited by numerous people, each with their own unique style – with some techniques working and others not.

The result is a mixed bag of stunning cinematography one moment and amateurish (almost lazy) shots the next – which is disappointing given the talent involved. 

Mikey Clarke

Genre: Thriller

Running Time: 1hr 38mins

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Amy Irvin & an a-list celeb cameo you won’t see coming!

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