MPAA Rating: R
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah
Runtime: 1 hr 38 mins
What It Is: Sawyer (Foy) is living a normal happy life. There’s something going on with her though, she’s running from a man that stalked her all over Boston. Now living in Pennsylvania she goes to her therapist after having suicidal thoughts once. Now committed for a day she doesn’t understand why she’s there and in her confusion, and rage commits an action that leads to her stay becoming extended. But that man, David (Leonard) might be working as a nurse at this facility.
What We Think: The gimmick here is that this film is shot on iPhones. Soderbergh is such a good director that I’m fairly certain he could shoot something on a pinhole camera and it’d probably be good. This decision really adds a tension and terror to the whole vibe. Claire Foy gives a convincing performance and Joshua Leonard is as creepy as you need him to be. I didn’t once feel like the films “gimmick” hurt it. Unlike something like Tangerine in which the film constantly sort of pushes it in your face.This uses it to build paranoia and the possibility that maybe Sawyer is a little crazy.
Our Grade: B+, I went in totally expecting to hate this. What I got instead was a film that worked really well and is essentially just a showcase of just HOW GOOD Soderbergh is behind the lens. It’s a testament to both him and the vision he had for the film that it turned out this well. I cannot recommend this one more highly then I currently am. It very much is just that good. Claire Foy is a star, and though she’s currently starring as Queen Elizabeth on Netflix’ The Queen there’s no doubt more movie roles are going to flood in.