Regression was an under the radar horror film that was in limited release and got a critical drubbing. I went in with low expectations, and I found the film to personally be better than what the reviews indicated. Regression tells the story of a detective named Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke), who is assigned to the case of a young woman named Angela Gray (Emma Watson) who alleges that her father sexually abused her. A media maelstrom ensues, and Detective Kenner must retrace the young woman’s memories and allegations to discover the truth.
The acting is solid, and Ethan Hawke is spectacular. This is one of his best performances in recent years, and should be applauded for his dedication to the role. David Thewlis also gives a great performance as a psychoanalyst helping with the case. Emma Watson fulfills the role of the troubled young woman, but felt a little flat to me.
The story is intriguing and kept me hooked. Some will find the narrative to be boring and/or outlandish, but I personally enjoyed it. This film does touch on topics such as Satanism, cults, sexual abuse, and regression therapy, and may not be for everyone. One major flaw of the film, though? The ending. The story was so compelling and had so much potential, but the ending just fizzled out and left me wanting more.
Regression is an enjoyable horror/thriller that relies on the viewer using their imagination instead of jump scares to provide scares, and touches on fascinating concepts. Ethan Hawke is fantastic, and I personally loved how the film was shot. The only thing that let me down was the ending. This film WILL bore some people, and the topics mentioned may turn off some viewers. If this sounds like something up your alley, though, it’s worth a watch.
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