Unsane (2018)
March 25, 2018 2:30 PM - Subscribe

A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it real or a product of her delusion?
posted by phunniemee (5 comments total)
We can talk spoilers here, right? Everything I want to say is spoiler-ific.

Except: I see that the screenwriters' other produced work includes The Spy Next Door with Jackie Chan and Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector...But this movie is much, much better than that would make it seem.
posted by doctornecessiter at 9:18 AM on March 27, 2018

I think it's generally accepted that inside a fanfare thread is a spoilerable place.
posted by phunniemee at 10:27 AM on March 27, 2018 [1 favorite]

In that case: Can Joshua Leonard EVER survive a trip into the woods??

I really liked how her very real PTSD (hallucinating seeing the stalker everywhere) was established early, so when he shows up in the hospital and seems to be an orderly I assumed for quite a while that it was another hallucination...I think the first confirmation that he was really there was when he showed up at the mother's hotel room? Until then, I don't think we knew for sure whether or not she'd even actually had a stalker, or if all of that was in her mind...

Did they adequately establish how the stalker was able to kill an orderly and assume his identity after the orderly had been hired but before anyone there had met him, and he could do that knowing that Sawyer would be institutionalized in that facility (Or was that not an orderly whose identity he assumed, just some guy, and the stalker was just able to get a job at that facility?)? Did I miss something there or was that kind of a large hole?
posted by doctornecessiter at 11:50 AM on March 27, 2018

I went in expecting to not know what was real and what was her delusion. Instead I found myself not knowing why I wasn't walking out of that dumpster fire of a film. If you want a quality get-me-out-of-this-asylum experience, watch Tabula Rasa instead.
posted by grumpybear69 at 7:00 PM on March 27, 2018 [1 favorite]

I think the first time we realize he actually is her stalker is when he holds up the letter he took out of her mom's mailbox. And they threw a comment in there on his first orderly scene where she's going up to get her meds from the nurse saying something like "usually he works the day shift but he was able to switch to help us out on nights." So--theoretically conceivable none of the night staff knows him by sight.

I liked this movie. I don't think it was a get-me-out-of-this-asylum story so much as it was a things-are-scary-for-women-specifically-in-ways-that-men-and-people-with-power-often-don't-see story.
posted by phunniemee at 7:05 PM on March 27, 2018 [2 favorites]

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