Shot entirely on the back of an iPhone 7 Plus, Unsane unleashes director Steven Soderbergh's (Ocean’s trilogy and Logan Lucky) inner B-movie craving. Plus, an electrifying performance from actor Claire Foy (The Crown) and her ability to help continue fueling the ‘Me Too’ movement.
Taking a brief director’s hiatus between his 2013 film, Side Effects, and his 2017 film, Logan Lucky; I am happy to say that Soderbergh is continuing his expedition of cinema grandeur. Keeping his feet wet and in the game, Soderbergh explores the horror/thriller genre with a twist! He adds a blazing fire, keeping the ‘Me Too’ movement in the very forefront of our minds. Shot in just 10 days and running on a $1.2 million budget, Unsane follows young woman who involuntarily commits to a mental institution, where she is confronted by her greatest fear. But, is this fear real or a product of her delusion?
Claire Foy plays Sawyer Valentini, who has suffered years of harassment and stalking from a man named David (a creepy Joshua Leonard). Turning the volume up to 11 on the anxiety meter, Soderbergh explores the worse possible fears of someone being harassed. Foy is dynamite in this role, as she continues to break new grounds in her promising career. You can also tell that Soderbergh has fun at exploring the B-movie style, craft and music; as he rushes his iPhone through the great halls of the hospital. What really resonates here, is the actor’s ability to amplify the narrative with plenty of shock and stark. Unsane may not be Soderbergh’s strongest film to-date, but it’s truly an admirable film experiment done right.
Through all of the twists and turns, we are emotionally strapped with Foy and her journey to freedom from her monstrous stalker. Unsane is a claustrophobic film full of dark tunnels waiting to be seen. With tints of blue and bleak arrays shining through the iPhone lens, we see a woman screaming for help and no one answering. This helps paint the very raw picture of what sadly happens in our society every-single-day. Unsane is a portrait of the hardships that women face through the amidst of sexual harassment. The film is also a timeless psychological thriller, that Foy willingly opens out her hand to help guide us through those eerie, white halls. So, will you take her hand?
Unsane is rated R (Restricted). For disturbing behavior, violence, language, and sex references.