Directed by Steven Soderbergh
A woman finds no escape from her stalker.
Shooting entirely with iPhones, Steven Soderbergh has made a horror movie “so mean and pulpy it could almost be a noir thriller from 50 years ago,” said David Sims in TheAtlantic.com. Claire Foy is “wonderfully intense” as Sawyer, a young woman haunted by a stalker who sees himself as a misunderstood nice guy. It’s “a chilling tale of toxic masculinity” that turns “downright Kafkaesque” when Sawyer seeks help in coping with her understandable anxiety and is locked up in a mental hospital against her will. Though the premise never ceases to be absurd, “the movie unsettled me more than any other in recent memory.” When Sawyer becomes convinced that her stalker is working as one of the hospital orderlies, we’re meant to question her sanity, said Scott Meslow in GQ. But for all the main plot’s twists and turns, “Unsane’s sharpest moments are on the margins of the narrative,” in the movie’s attentiveness to all the microaggressions and creepy behavior that women endure every day. “The best thing I can say about Unsane is that I wanted to just pack up and walk out, because it made me that uncomfortable,” said April Wolfe in VillageVoice.com. Maybe other horror movies should give the paranormal a rest and “swing back toward the hyper-real.” ■